Orlando Museum Director Loses Job After Disputed Basquiat Show

Aaron De Groft was removed from his position days after the F.B.I. seized 25 works that had been shown in a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit and whose authenticity had been questioned.

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Basquiat Paintings Removed From Orlando Museum in F.B.I. Raid

After the authenticity of paintings in the museum’s Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition was questioned, all 25 works were seized by the F.B.I.

#art, #basquiat-jean-michel, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #forgery, #museums, #orlando-fla, #orlando-museum-of-art

Big Returns for Investing in Fine Wine and Whiskey? It Was Fraud, U.S. Says.

The scheme, which the authorities say used “aggressive and deceptive tactics,” defrauded more than 150 people of about $13 million, according to court documents.

#casey-alexander, #delaware, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whiskey, #wines

Loopholes and Missing Data: The Gaps in the Gun Background Check System

The massive system already has major loopholes advocated by gun manufacturers to maintain easier access to firearms. The Senate’s proposed gun reform measures could fall victim to those same limitations.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firearms, #giffords-advocacy-group, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #new-yorkers-against-gun-violence, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Nassar Victims Suing F.B.I. for Early Investigative Failures

The plaintiffs say Lawrence Nassar abused them after the bureau failed to act. The suits come after the Justice Department declined to prosecute the agents accused of bungling the inquiry.

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Kansas Woman Who Joined ISIS Left a ‘Trail of Betrayal’

Allison Fluke-Ekren, a Muslim convert from Kansas, rose through the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria, where she provided military training to women and girls, including her daughter.

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Who Killed Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh?

An independent investigation is needed to determine who shot Ms. Abu Akleh and to establish whether she was a target because of her work.

#abu-akleh-shireen, #al-jazeera, #army-radio-galatz, #cnn, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #east-jerusalem, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #herzog-isaac, #news-and-news-media, #palestinian-authority, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

Sussmann Acquittal Raises Question: What Is Durham Actually Trying to Do?

Supporters of the Trump-era prosecutor are lauding his work as a success in unearthing politically charged information, even though his first case to go to trial ended in failure.

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Michael Sussmann Is Acquitted in Case Brought by Trump-Era Prosecutor

The Democratic-linked lawyer was accused of lying about his clients to the F.B.I. when he passed on a tip about possible connections between Donald J. Trump and Russia.

#alfa-group-consortium, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #sussmann-michael, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Uvalde, We Must Ask: Is Active Shooter Training Working?

Is training to respond to active shooter attacks working?

#columbine-high-school, #deangelis-frank, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #mass-shootings, #robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #united-states, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

F.B.I. Investigates Basquiat Paintings Shown at Orlando Museum of Art

A subpoena raises questions about an exhibition of works “purported to be by artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.”

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The Gunman in Uvalde Left Multiple Hints Before His Attack Began

Particularly online, the teenager who killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school provided dark warnings about the carnage to come.

#computers-and-the-internet, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firearms, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #social-media, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Prosecutors and Defense Duel in Closing Arguments of Sussmann Trial

A verdict is expected as early as Tuesday in the case brought by a Trump-era special counsel against a lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #sussmann-michael, #united-states-politics-and-government

Justice Dept. Orders Agents to Intervene if They See Police Violence

The changes, the first to the department’s use-of-force policy in 18 years, follow the murder of George Floyd and other incidents of policy brutality.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-alcohol-tobacco-firearms-and-explosives, #drug-enforcement-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #federal-bureau-of-prisons, #floyd-george-d-2020, #garland-merrick-b, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #justice-department, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #united-states-marshals-service, #united-states-politics-and-government

Buffalo Shooting Highlights Rise of Hate Crimes Against Black Americans

The federal data shows a recent spike in assaults, threats and incidents of bias.

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Before the Buffalo Shooting, Erratic Behavior and a Chilling Threat From the Suspect

Payton Gendron was sent for a psychiatric evaluation when he was still in high school but soon fell off investigators’ radar.

#buffalo-ny, #conklin-ny, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #gendron-payton-s, #mass-shootings, #mental-health-and-disorders

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement operations.

#cellular-telephones, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #nso-group, #united-states-international-relations

Prosecutors Pursue Inquiry Into Trump’s Handling of Classified Material

A federal grand jury has issued at least one subpoena, and investigators are seeking interviews in the case of sensitive documents that ended up at the former president’s Florida home.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #national-archives-and-records-administration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why the Justice Department Is Unlikely to Investigate the Supreme Court Leak

The internal inquiry led by the court’s marshal has limited tools, but there are challenges to opening a criminal investigation.

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New Evidence Undercuts Jan. 6 Instigator Conspiracy Theory

Recordings released to defense lawyers directly challenge assertions by prominent Republicans that an Arizona man named Ray Epps was a federal informant and helped start the Capitol riot.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #epps-ray-1961, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

California Woman Admits Faking Her Abduction, Prosecutors Say

Sherri Papini’s 2016 disappearance prompted a three-week search. This week, she admitted she made it up and agreed to a plea bargain, the authorities said.

#california, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #papini-sherri, #redding-calif

11 Set Up Hundreds of Sham Marriages for Green Card Seekers, U.S. Says

Clients paid fees up to $30,000 as part of the yearslong scheme, an affidavit said. Some applications falsely claimed the clients had been abused by their spouses, prosecutors said.

#boston-mass, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #domestic-violence, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #los-angeles-calif, #marriages, #massachusetts, #violence-against-women-act-1994, #women-and-girls

F.B.I. Preparing to Investigate How Classified Material Went to Trump’s Home

Federal authorities want to know more about how sensitive national security information came to be in 15 boxes of documents and mementos sent to Mar-a-Lago from the White House.

#archives-and-records, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #justice-department, #mar-a-lago-palm-beach-fla, #national-archives-and-records-administration, #project-democracy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

2 Men Posing as Federal Agents Tricked Secret Service, U.S. Says

Four Secret Service members were placed on leave after receiving gifts from the men, including rent-free apartments, an affidavit said. One was in the first lady’s protective detail.

#ali-haider, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #homeland-security-department, #impostors-criminal, #secret-service, #taherzadeh-arian, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Justice Dept. Charges Russian Oligarch With Violating Sanctions

The department also unveiled additional measures meant to neutralize Russian money laundering and disrupt online criminal networks.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #malofeev-konstantin-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

More Evidence Bolsters Durham’s Case Against Democratic-Linked Lawyer

Separately, defense lawyers asked a judge to block the Trump-era special counsel from making the Steele dossier a focus of next month’s trial.

#alfa-group-consortium, #baker-james-a-attorney, #barr-william-p, #democratic-party, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-organization

‘Dating Coach’ Charged in Capitol Riot Gets Prison Term for Gun Crime

Samuel Fisher, who as Brad Holiday traded in conspiracy theories and misogyny online, still faces federal charges related to Jan. 6.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firearms, #fisher-samuel-brad-holiday, #manhattan-nyc, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Verizon Investigates Spam Texts but Sees No Russia Link

The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did not appear to be Russian hackers.

#cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #privacy, #secret-service, #smartphones, #telemarketing, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #text-messaging, #verge-the-vox-media-llc, #verizon-communications-inc, #wireless-communications

Nebraska Congressman Convicted in Campaign Finance Case

Representative Jeff Fortenberry was accused of lying to F.B.I. agents investigating illegal foreign donations.

#campaign-finance, #chagoury-gilbert-r, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fortenberry-jeffrey-l-1960, #justice-department, #nebraska, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Accuses 4 Russians of Hacking Infrastructure, Including Nuclear Plant

The announcement covered hackings from 2012 to 2018, but served as yet another warning from the Biden administration of Russia’s ability to conduct such operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #federal-security-service, #justice-department, #kansas, #monaco-lisa-o, #russia, #saudi-arabia

Group Wanted to Kidnap Michigan Governor and Block Biden’s Election, Plotter Says

By abducting Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, one man who pleaded guilty said, he hoped to disrupt the 2020 election and perhaps start a civil war.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #grand-rapids-mich, #informers, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #michigan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #whitmer-gretchen, #wolverine-watchmen

U.S. Gun Violence Surges After Deadly Weekend

It was an ominous harbinger for the summer months ahead, which is typically America’s most violent time.

#adams-eric-l, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firearms, #gelber-dan, #holcomb-eric-1968, #mass-shootings

Submarine Spy Couple Tried to Sell Nuclear Secrets to Brazil

Jonathan and Diana Toebbe pleaded guilty last month in the espionage case, but until now the identity of the nation they had approached had remained publicly undisclosed.

#brazil, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #submarines-and-submersibles, #toebbe-jonathan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy

In Whitmer Kidnapping Trial, Lawyers Debate Over Defendants’ Words

The proceedings that began last week test the government’s ability to root out violent extremism at home.

#american-university, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-washington-university, #grand-rapids-mich, #informers, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #michigan, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #roth-jonathan, #terrorism, #whitmer-gretchen, #wolverine-watchmen

Man Charged With Pushing a Capitol Police Officer Over a Ledge on Jan. 6

The F.B.I. said it had identified Ralph Joseph Celentano III from a photo on Facebook and Instagram that showed him attending a fund-raiser for a sea turtle foundation.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #reffitt-guy-w, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Woman Hid Ties to Russia While Pushing Putin’s Propaganda, U.S. Says

Elena Branson was charged with violating federal laws requiring agents of foreign governments to disclose their official ties.

#branson-elena, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #manhattan-nyc, #moscow-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

He Spent $57,000 in Covid Relief on a Pokémon Card. Now the U.S. Owns It.

The mint Charizard trading card will be auctioned off with other fraudulently obtained luxury items seized by the U.S. Marshals. Its former owner was sentenced to three years in prison.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #atlanta-ga, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #georgia, #justice-department, #pokemon-fictional-characters, #small-business, #small-business-administration

Fraud Investigation in Food Aid Puts Focus on Role of Nonprofits

The F.B.I. is investigating what it called a “massive fraud scheme” in the Minneapolis area as the government cracks down on misuse of pandemic assistance.

#advance-youth-athletic-development, #agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #feeding-our-future, #food, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #minneapolis-minn, #nonprofit-organizations, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

Indicted. Under F.B.I. Investigation. And Still Popular With Texas Republicans.

Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general, earned the most votes in Tuesday’s G.O.P. primary. His embrace of Trumpism has helped him weather a series of allegations.

#bush-george-prescott, #bush-george-w, #bush-jeb, #elections-attorneys-general, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #midterm-elections-2022, #paxton-ken, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #texas, #trump-donald-j

Supreme Court Sides With F.B.I. in Case on Spying on Muslims

In a narrow and unanimous decision, the justices ruled that a 1978 law governing national security surveillance did not displace the state secrets doctrine.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #muslims-and-islam, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #zubaydah-abu

Guy Reffitt’s Son Testifies Against Him in Jan. 6 Trial

Guy Reffitt’s 19-year-old son took the stand against him in federal court in a remarkable tableau that captured how one family was split by the attack on the Capitol.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #reffitt-guy-w, #reffitt-jackson, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supporters Seek Clemency for Leonard Peltier, Native American Activist

Leonard Peltier, sentenced to two life terms 45 years ago in the shooting of two F.B.I. agents, is now 77 and in poor health.

#american-indian-movement, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #amnesty-international, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #native-americans, #peltier-leonard, #pine-ridge-indian-reservation-sd, #united-states-politics-and-government

3 Men Plead Guilty in Plot to Attack U.S. Power Grid

The men believed that by knocking out power across the country, economic and civil unrest would spread, creating the potential for a race war and the opportunity for white leaders to rise, prosecutors said.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #firearms, #indiana, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #terrorism

Justice Dept. Announces Raft of Changes Meant to Deter Cyberthreats

The moves came a week after the department made its largest financial seizure ever, confiscating over $3.6 billion worth of Bitcoin stolen in a 2016 hacking.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #monaco-lisa-o

Prosecutors Show Voluminous Evidence of Racism by Arbery Murderers

The government emphasized not only racial slurs but also expressions of support for vigilantism.

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Court Filing Started a Furor in Right-Wing Outlets, but Their Narrative Is Off Track

The latest alarmist claims about spying on Trump appeared to be flawed, but the explanation is byzantine — underlining the challenge for journalists in deciding what merits coverage.

#alfa-group-consortium, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-intelligence-agency, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #democratic-party, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fox-news-channel, #garland-merrick-b, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #sussmann-michael, #trump-donald-j

Navy Nuclear Engineer Pleads Guilty in Submarine Espionage Case

Jonathan Toebbe, who was arrested in October along with his wife, will face 12 years or more in prison under a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #submarines-and-submersibles, #toebbe-diana, #toebbe-jonathan, #united-states-navy

Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Passenger Tries to Enter Cockpit

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., was diverted to Kansas City, Mo., after a man tried to open an exit door and was subdued by crew members and other passengers.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #federal-aviation-administration, #federal-bureau-of-investigation

Inside Heather Morgan and Ilya Lichtenstein’s Confounding Bitcoin Case

The arrests of Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan left the world of cryptocurrency incredulous: Could this goofy young couple have been Bitcoin’s Bonnie and Clyde?

#bitcoin-currency, #bitfinex, #computers-and-the-internet, #currency, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #manhattan-nyc, #robberies-and-thefts

Government Reveals Trove of Evidence in First Jan. 6 Trial

With a Texas man set to go on trial this month, prosecutors released a detailed list of their witnesses and evidence, including testimony from the defendant’s two teenage children.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #oath-keepers, #proud-boys, #reffitt-guy-wesley, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #three-percenters, #united-states-politics-and-government