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Hackers broke into an SEC database and made millions from inside information, says DOJ

Federal prosecutors unveiled charges in an international stock-trading scheme that involved hacking into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s EDGAR corporate filing system. The scheme allegedly netted $4.1 million for fraudsters from the U.S., Russia and Ukraine. Using 157 corporate earnings announcements, the group was able to execute trades on material nonpublic information. Most of those filings were “test filings,” which corporations upload to the SEC’s website. The charges were announced Tuesday by Craig Carpenito, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, alongside the SEC, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes. The…

‘To Catch a Predator’ host charged with bouncing checks to Stamford merchant

Shippan resident and “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen has been accused of bouncing checks and failing to pay for $13,000 worth of marketing materials he received from a local vendor. Hansen, 59, was charged Monday with issuing a bad check and released after signing a written promise to appear in court. Hansen did not immediately return a call Tuesday for comment. According to a four-page arrest affidavit, Hansen asked Peter Psichopaidas, owner of Promotional Sales Limited of Summer Street, for 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals. Hansen planned to use them at marketing events, the…

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland sexually assaulted 4-year-old, police say

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was arrested Monday over accusations that he sexually assaulted a child for two years starting at the age of 4. Wetteland, 52, is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. The Trophy Club resident posted $25,000 bond and was released from custody the same day as his arrest. He forced a relative to perform a sex act on him, according to his arrest-warrant affidavit, beginning in 2004 when the child was 4 years old. It happened twice more during a two-year period, the accuser said. The abuse…

Hacker who took down entire nation’s internet is jailed

A British hacker whose cyberattacks took the nation of Liberia offline has been jailed for almost three years. Daniel Kaye launched a series of attacks on Liberian cell phone operator Lonestar in October 2015, which became so powerful they knocked out the west African country’s internet the following year. Kaye, 30, had been hired to carry out the attacks by a senior employee at rival operator Cellcom, Britain’s National Crime Agency said in a statement, although there is no suggestion that Cellcom was aware of the activity. He pleaded guilty to creating and using a botnet, a series of computers…

Man who murdered six strangers claims Uber app had turned him into Satan’s “puppet”

An Uber driver, who once claimed the devil controlled him through the ride-hailing app, pleaded guilty Monday to killing six people in a murderous rampage on the eve of his trial. In a surprise move, Jason Dalton admitted to shooting eight people, two of whom survived, between fares in the Kalamazoo, Mich., area in February 2016. The 48-year-old driver was in court on the final day of jury selection for his upcoming trial, when he unexpectedly confessed. “I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while,” Dalton told Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Alexander Lipsey. He then pleaded guilty to…

Former Barclays CEO could face 10 year prison stint for fraud in 2008 crisis

A landmark case in London could potentially imprison one of the highest-level banking executives ever charged in relation to the 2008 financial crisis. Proceedings officially begin on Monday for the trial of Barclays CEO John Varley, who is charged with fraud. The trial, still in its early stages, is part of the UK’s first set of criminal cases pursuing senior bankers for crisis-era events. The Financial Times reported that Varley is one of four defendants facing charges related to the bank’s arrangements with Middle Eastern investors in the wake of the crisis. In a bid to avoid being part of…

Anti-Gun Chicago Alderman Ed Burke Charged With Extortion, Had 23 Guns in His Office

Ed Burke, Chicago’s longest-serving alderman and one if its most powerful, was charged with extortion in federal court on Thursday. The chairman of the city’s finance committee, who’s been in office for fifty years after succeeding his father, knows a thing or two about money. According to federal investigators, the former city cop used his power to tie up the business licensing process for a southwest Chicago Burger King restaurant to force the owners to steer their legal business to his firm. From the Sun Times: After the company struggled to have its permits approved, it agreed to steer business…

Patient in vegetative state gives birth, sex abuse investigation underway: report

A woman who has been in a vegetative state since she nearly drowned 10 years ago has reportedly given birth to a baby last month, prompting a sex abuse investigation at the Phoenix-area nursing facility, AZ Family reported. The baby was born on Dec. 29 and is doing well, according to the report. The woman is reportedly a patient at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. A source familiar with the situation told AZ Family that “none of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth.” “From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they…

One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago charged with extortion

One of the most powerful and longest-serving City Council members in Chicago history appeared in federal court Thursday on a charge that he tried to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Alderman Ed Burke, 75, is charged with one count of attempted extortion for conveying to company executives in 2017 that they’d get the permits only if they signed on as clients at Burke’s private property-tax law firm in Chicago, a 37-page complaint unsealed on Thursday says. For many Chicagoans suspicious of dealings behind closed doors at City Hall, Burke has personified the city’s machine…

These Pennsylvania officials were jailed, convicted or arrested in 2018

Perjury. Bribery. Running pay-for-play operations out of city government offices. Offering favorable treatment in exchange for sex. These are just some of the activities employed by once-powerful public officials in Pennsylvania. They were given the public trust – along with enviable salaries and benefits – and abused their positions, prosecutors say. Here’s a look at public figures who ended up in Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system in 2018. A note: Most on this list have been convicted or pleaded guilty. A few individuals have been charged but their cases have not been resolved. Kathleen Kane The former Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen…

Jewish sect members accused of kidnapping children in New York

Four members of a Jewish sect have been charged with kidnapping a young brother and sister in New York state. Prosecutors say the men belong to the ultra-Orthodox Lev Tahor group, which is based in Guatemala. They are accused of abducting a 14-year-old girl and her 12-year-old brother from the village of Woodridge, which is north of New York City. The men planned to take the pair back to Guatemala after their mother fled the sect six weeks earlier. The woman had reportedly feared for her children’s safety and felt the group, which was founded by her father, was becoming…

Allison Mack gets restraining order on ‘obsessed fan,’ 53, seen lurking outside her parents’ home while she is on house arrest in NXIVM sex trafficking case

Former Smallville star Allison Mack has filed for a restraining order against a 53-year-old man, claiming that he has been stalking her while she is under house arrest in California on sex trafficking charges in connection to the NXIVM cult. A judge has granted the 36-year-old Mack an order of protection against Thomas Sekera, of Ohio. According to court documents obtained by the gossip site TMZ, Mack accused Sekera of lurking outside her parents’ home near Los Angeles, where she has been living and attending college since April, after being released from jail on $5million bail. Mack claimed that Sekera…

A retired Army 2-star is heading to trial on charges that he raped his daughter

In March, a military judge dismissed six rape charges against retired Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene, citing a new five-year statute of limitations prescribed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Now, he will face three charges of rape and three of incest at a civilian trial scheduled for late April, stemming from allegations he sexually assaulted his teenage daughter in the 1980s. Following the Army’s dismissal, authorities in Prince William County, Virginia ― a state with no statute of limitations on rape ― opened an investigation into Grazioplene, now 69. Though most of the alleged offenses, which took place from…

Mother Sues After Cops Barge Into Mentally Ill Son’s Apartment, Shoot Him 76 Times

The family of a 26-year-old Atlanta man who was killed after police shot him 76 times has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officers involved. In August of 2016, police broke down the door of Jamarion Robinson’s girlfriend’s home in Parkside Camp Creek Luxury Apartments and began spraying the interior of the apartment with bullets. Robinson was killed by multiple police task force officers from several different departments, including the U.S. Marshal Service. On that fateful day in August, police were serving a warrant for Robinson’s arrest. Police claimed that during a previous confrontation, Robinson had fired a gun…

Bloody Christmas weekend: More than 40 shot, 11 killed in Chicago

Christmas weekend was grim in Chicago even by this year’s wretched standards for gun violence: Police say at least 41 people were shot, 11 fatally, between Friday evening and Sunday night, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The victims include James Gill, 18, and Roy Gill, 21, who were killed when somebody came out of an alley and opened fire on a front porch during a family party, the Chicago Tribune reports. Five others were wounded in that shooting alone, two of them critically. Hours earlier, a man around 40 was pronounced dead in a South Side hospital after having been shot multiple times near the…

Executives In Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Deserve 5-Year Prison Terms, Prosecutors Say

The former chairman and two vice presidents of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. should spend five years in prison over the 2011 flooding and meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japanese prosecutors say, accusing the executives of failing to prevent a foreseeable catastrophe. Prosecutors say the TEPCO executives didn’t do enough to protect the nuclear plant, despite being told in 2002 that the Fukushima facility was vulnerable to a tsunami. In March of 2011, it suffered meltdowns at three of its reactors, along with powerful hydrogen explosions. “It was easy to safeguard the plant against tsunami, but they kept…

2 Michigan regulators take plea deals in Flint water case

Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Wednesday in exchange for more serious charges being dropped, bringing to six the number of officials who have agreed to such deals. Stephen Busch pleaded no contest to disturbing a public meeting, and Michael Prysby pleaded no contest to a count of violating Michigan’s Safe Drinking Water Act. They had been charged with felonies, but those charges and others were dismissed under the terms of their deals that also require them to testify against others, if needed. Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the…

Sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey includes video evidence, Massachusetts State Police report says

The sexual assault case against actor Kevin Spacey reportedly includes a Snapchat video of him touching the front of the alleged victim’s pants, according to a Massachusetts State Police investigative report. Spacey is facing a count of indecent assault on a person over the age of 14 for allegedly groping the teenage son of former WCVB news anchor Heather Unruh at a Nantucket bar in 2016. The State Police report, which has been filed with a criminal complaint in Nantucket District Court, gives the first detailed account of Spacey’s alleged actions at The Club Car bar and restaurant two-and-a-half years…

2 Children Found Buried 2 Years Apart in a Yard. Their Father, a Walmart Santa, Has Been Arrested

Police in southeast Georgia are trying to determine how two children could go missing for up to two years without anyone reporting it to the police – following the grisly discovery of the bodies of a 14-year-old brother and sister in their father’s backyard. The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a welfare check for Mary Crocker on Dec. 19 when investigators discovered her body and the body of her brother, Elwyn Crocker at the home in Guyton, Georgia. Police said although Mary had not been seen in weeks and her brother Elwyn Jr. had not been seen since…

Doctors and cops among 277 arrested in human trafficking, online prostitution sting in Florida

A week-long undercover sting targeting human trafficking and online prostitution in Polk County ended with 277 arrests that included doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement officers. “That’s the most we have ever arrested in the history of the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “Operation No Tricks, No Treats” started last Tuesday, October 10 and ran through Monday, October 16. During that time, undercover detectives posted fake ads or profiles online posing as prostitutes or someone who solicits prostitutes. Other detectives responded to profiles and ads posted by prostitutes. According to the sheriff’s office, 51 of the arrests were related to those…

New Jersey Cop Guilty Of Shaking Down Motorists…FBI charges fifth police officer in Paterson, New Jersey after probe reveals theft from drivers during bogus traffic stops

Another Paterson, New Jersey police officer on Wednesday was arrested for stealing from motorists. Matthew Torres, 30, became the fifth officer taken down for misconduct following a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe into the widespread corruption at the department. Under interrogation, Torres admitted to shaking down motorists on a number of occasions. Specifically, on December 7, 2017, Torres and Officer Eudy Ramos, 31, stopped a motorist who was riding along with his brother. That brother admitted that he had two small bags of marijuana in his pocket. “Honesty goes a long way,” Officer Ramos said as he took the…

Priest named in Pennsylvania church sex abuse probe jailed

A Roman Catholic priest on Friday became the first person sentenced to prison as a result of a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that found hundreds of clergy had abused children over seven decades. The Rev. John Thomas Sweeney, 76, received 11½ months to five years in state prison and will have to register as a sex offender for 10 years. He pleaded guilty in July to misdemeanor indecent assault on a minor after being accused of forcing a 10-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him while counseling the fourth-grader about misbehaving on a school bus. “I want the public…

690 Clergy accused of child sex abuse in Illinois…

A scathing report from Attorney General Lisa Madigan finds the number of Catholic clergy accused of sexual abuse in Illinois is much higher than previously acknowledged, with 690 clergy accused, although Catholic officials have publicly identified only 185 clergy with credible allegations against them. The determination was part of a preliminary report made public Wednesday by Madigan’s office, which has been investigating Catholic clergy sexual abuse of minors following revelations over the summer of widespread abuse and cover-ups by Catholic officials in Pennsylvania. The report was critical of the six Catholic dioceses that govern parishes across Illinois for their lack…

Second woman claims billionaire perv Jeffrey Epstein ‘directed’ her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz

A second alleged trafficking victim of Jeffrey Epstein says the billionaire pedophile “directed” her to have sex with Alan Dershowitz — a claim the prominent attorney adamantly denies. The revelation regarding Sarah Ransome’s allegations against the 80-year-old lawyer who represented the notorious sex offender is included in a public transcript available in Manhattan Federal Court. Ransome has sued Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, saying they trafficked her for sex from 2006 to 2007, while she was in her 20s. During a Nov. 7 hearing on Ransome’s case, Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger mentioned the explosive allegation against Dershowitz. “(Ransome)…

Palm Beach County deputy faces no charges after running stop sign at twice the speed limit and putting a teen in a coma

An off-duty Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy will not face charges for allegedly running a stop sign while speeding and crashing into a car, critically injuring a teenager. The Palm Beach County State Attorney declined to charge Michael D’Avanzo for the July crash in Delray Beach that injured 18-year-old Farrah Fox. Investigators say the Palm Beach County deputy was driving 53 mph (85 kph) in a 25 mph (40 kph) when his pickup ran the stop sign and smashed into a truck carrying Fox. The University of Central Florida aeronautics engineering student was comatose for a month and remains in…

Sheriff’s captain arrested for distributing child porn gets no jail time

A sheriff’s captain who was originally charged with distributing child pornography has pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, receiving no jail time in turn. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 40-year-old Donny Lewis Dixon entered in a written agreement Wednesday to be convicted on the misdemeanor charge. He was arrested in June after investigators executed a search warrant. But defense attorney Peter Baruch says there was no document or image showing his client possessed anything illegal on his computer. CONTINUE @ KUTV

Oprah-featured “psychic healer” to be arrested on sex abuse charges after an astonishing 258 women step forward with detailed accusations

A “psychic healer” from Brazil is now facing arrest, after over 200 women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse. The women say that João Teixeira de Faria, also known as “John of God,” abused them while they were seeking out spiritual guidance. Teixeira de Faria reached celebrity status after appearing on a television show hosted by Oprah Winfrey in 2013. Prosecutors are now calling for his arrest, according to reports. This is not the first time a celebrity has been accused of taking advantage of women, but the victim toll here is astonishingly high. Many of Teixeira de Faria’s followers…

Police Dismantle Massive Child Sex Slavery Ring Run By Israelis, Fmr IDF Soldier—MSM Silent

A large child sex slavery ring overseen by Israelis was dismantled by Colombian police earlier this week, in a story that has shocked Colombia and much of Latin America but received minimal coverage from mainstream Western media outlets. The network had been active since 2011 and expressly “recruited” young, underage females in situations of economic hardship or domestic abuse to work as “sex slaves” catering to Israeli tourists visiting Colombia. Colombian authorities first began to investigate the sex slavery network in June 2016 following the murder of Israeli citizen Shay Azran in the Colombian city of Medellín. Soon after, Azran’s…

Disney Channel Actor Arrested and Fired for Allegedly Plotting Sex With 13 Year-Old

Stoney Westmoreland, a 48-year-old actor who plays the grandfather on Disney Channel sitcom Andi Mack, has been arrested for allegedly trying to arrange online to have sex with a 13-year-old. Hours after the arrest, the kids-focused Disney cable network severed ties with the actor. “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series Andi Mack, was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a rep for Disney Channel said in a statement Friday night. “Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work…

President’s former lawyer Michael Cohen get 3 years in PRISON…

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in jail for a series of crimes to which he pleaded guilty, saying his cooperation with the Russia probe ‘does not wipe the slate clean.’ As an attorney, Cohen ‘should have known better,’ said the judge, following dramatic courtroom arguments that featured repeated references to President Trump – including his attacks on Cohen as ‘weak’ and a ‘rat’ and Cohen’s own explanation of what it took to provide information against him. Cohen shed tears in the courtroom as he sought leniency and reflected on decisions…

Vatican No. 3 Cardinal George Pell Convicted on Charges He Sexually Abused Choir Boy…The highest-ranking Catholic Church official to face such criminal chargess

The Vatican’s third-most powerful official has been convicted in Australia on all charges he sexually abused two choir boys there in the late ’90s, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. A unanimous jury returned its verdict for Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday (Australian time) after more than three days of deliberations, the sources said, in a trial conducted under a gag order by the judge that prevented any details of the trial being made public. Pell, the Vatican’s finance chief and the highest Vatican official to ever go on trial for sex abuse, left Rome in June…

ARREST Google CEO Sundar Pichai for lying to Congress

We’re constantly reminded by the left-wing media’s coverage of the Robert Mueller fiasco that “lying to the government is a crime.” In fact, Robert Mueller, utterly unable to find any real evidence linking Trump to Russia, has resorted to charging people with “lying to the government.” The same government that constantly lies to us will prosecute you for lying to it. But you’re only prosecuted for lying if you’re a political target of the deep state regime in power. And that’s why Google CEO Sundar Pichai spent most of his day outright lying to the United States Congress today, with…

DEA Agent Arrested For Participating In Decade-Long Narcotics Conspiracy And Providing Firearms To Drug Trafficking Organization

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Philip R. Bartlett, Inspector in Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”), and Robert A. Bourbon, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office of the United States Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General (“DOJ OIG”), announced the unsealing today of an Indictment charging DEA agent FERNANDO GOMEZ for his participation in a conspiracy to…

Whats going on in Detroit? 300 fetuses and infants found in leaky plastic containers at Detroit cemetery

Investigators say they’ve discovered the remains of 300 fetuses and infants stored in leaky plastic containers at a cemetery in suburban Detroit. The state disclosed more details Tuesday from an inspection last week at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton Township. Regulators say the cemetery is barred from any new business while the case is pending. The suspension comes five days after regulators said they discovered 27 plastic containers and took other enforcement steps. Most of the remains came from Perry Funeral Home in Detroit whose license was suspended weeks ago. CONTINUE @ WNDU

Generic drug price-fixing investigation expands to 300 drugs and 16 companies

Executives at more than a dozen generic-drug companies had a form of shorthand to describe how they conducted business, insider lingo worked out over steak dinners, cocktail receptions and rounds of golf. The “sandbox,” according to investigators, was the market for generic prescription drugs, where everyone was expected to play nice. “Fair share” described dividing up the sales pie to ensure that each company reaped continued profits. “Trashing the market” was used when a competitor ignored these unwritten rules and sold drugs for less than agreed-upon prices. The terminology reflected more than just the clubbiness of a powerful industry, according…

FBI catches Air Force senior Officer during underage sex sting operation

A man arrested earlier this week during an FBI sex sting for allegedly trying to meet a 14-year-old girl at a Cobb County hotel is confirmed to be a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Georgia Air National Guard, authorities said. Lt. Col. Willie Newson, 47, was placed on leave pending the outcome of a child exploitation investigation, Georgia Department of Defense spokeswoman Desiree Bamba exclusively told AJC.com Thursday. She said he’s on the command staff of Maj. Gen. Jesse T. Simmons Jr., who is the commander of the Georgia Air National Guard. Newson also…

Immigrant children being organ harvested in massive global organ trade racket that’s beginning to be exposed

Nikos Kotzias, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, has just confirmed the existence of a massive child organ harvesting ring. Kotzias stated in a recent interview that Greek diplomats have been issuing visas to unaccompanied children, with the intent of facilitating the illegal removal of their organs. This is not the first time Kotzias has disclosed the presence of such heinous criminal activity. In October  2018, the former official stated, “We sent 93 cases to the Prosecutor, highly evaluated ambassadors went to jail, but the press did not write about them. Because the person who gives a visa in…

NXIVM Sex Cult Leader Keith Raniere “Had Sex With 15-Year-Old Slave,” Locked Woman In Room For 2 Years & Approved Of Incest

The facts coming out about the NXIVM sex cult have largely been ignored by the mainstream media, but demonstrates that those of us who have been reporting on pedophile rings in the US are not conspiracy theorists, but actual reporters of the truth the media doesn’t want to tell you about.  The latest news coming out about NXIVM leader Keith Raniere is that he “had sex with a 15-year-old slave,” locked a woman in a room for 2 years because she would not have sex with him, said gang rape was acceptable in some cases and approved of incest. Raniere…

HUGE: Major donors to Bill and Hillary Clinton indicted for defrauding U.S. in bid to win $8 billion military contract

They say people are known by the company they keep, and if that’s true, then Bill and Hillary Clinton should find better people to associate with. In late November, the Justice Department announced it had indicted three senior executives at various U.S. defense contractors in connection with a plan to defraud the military in pursuit of an $8 billion troop supply contract. In addition, the Justice Department charged the three individuals with violating the Iran sanctions regime. In a press release, DoJ identified the suspects and charges: Abul Huda Farouki, 75, of McLean, Virginia; his brother Mazen Farouki, 73, of…

Ex-Marine admits he lured Seth Rich Investigator Jack Burkman to a hotel parking garage, then shot him

A man who worked as an investigator for conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman will serve nine years in prison for shooting and wounding his ex-boss in a complicated plot involving a fake FBI exposé. Kevin Doherty, 46, said little as Judge William T. Newman Jr. sentenced him Monday for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, but he acknowledged the veracity of a set of facts read by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Evie Eastman detailing his “serious falling out” with Burkman and the “grand ruse” he concocted in revenge. Eastman said Doherty lured Burkman to a hotel…

Children’s Hospital Pharmaceutical Director Embezzles 4 million dollars from hospital

Nebraska’s Attorney General is asking the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services Public Health Division to take disciplinary action against the former pharmacy director of Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Investigators allege Lisa Kwapniowski embezzled more than $4-million from the hospital. In a petition, Attorney General Doug Peterson outlines the case alleging that beginning in 2012, Kwapniowski falsified invoices to Children’s Hospital for a made-up drug called “Broxcilam” — and that those payments were forwarded to a company called “RxSYnergy” — a company she created. The document from the AG indicates Kwapniowski admitted to submitting claims and receiving compensation…

Jeffrey Epstein: Wealthy sex offender settles suit, averting victim testimony

A last-minute settlement was reached Tuesday in a long-running Florida lawsuit involving a politically connected financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls, clearing the way for the victims’ lawyers to try to unravel a once-secret agreement that prevented federal criminal prosecution of the financier. The non-prosecution agreement protecting Jeffrey Epstein was negotiated a decade ago by prosecutors in the South Florida U.S. attorney’s office, which was then run by current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. It is the subject of a separate federal lawsuit in Florida filed by victims who say the deal trampled their rights to be heard.…

Wells Fargo computer glitch blamed as hundreds lose their homes

Wells Fargo says a computer glitch is partly to blame for an error affecting an estimated 545 customers who lost their homes. The giant bank filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission last month, revealing it incorrectly denied 870 loan modification requests. About 60 percent of those homeowners went into foreclosure. Legislators, housing advocates, regulators and most importantly, the people who lost their homes – people like Jose Aguilar – are asking how this happened. “It’s been very hard for me. It’s something I wouldn’t wish upon anybody,” Aguilar told CBS News correspondent Anna Werner. These days, Aguilar can…

“$35M Disappeared”: New Jersey Officials Gambled With Public Funds On Failed Baseball Stadium

Camden’s abandoned baseball stadium, once celebrated by local officials as a new beginning for the city’s waterfront, will soon be demolished and replaced with three Rutgers University athletic fields. Here is the problem: the Camden County Improvement Authority approved a $1 million contract this month to demolish the 17-year-old stadium after $21 million in taxpayers dollars built the structure for an independent minor league baseball team as hopes it would draw economic development to the area. According to NJ.com, Rutgers’ board of governors and Camden city officials are expected to raise $15 million, $7.5 million apiece, to redevelop the plot of land into a multi-field sports arena for the university’s Division III sports teams. Demolition work…

Ex-UN General Assembly Heads Tied to Bribery Scheme

Two former presidents of the United Nations General Assembly came under embarrassing scrutiny on Friday during the corruption trial of a Hong Kong businessman, as an FBI agent testified about a $500,000 payment to Uganda’s sitting president. The first week in the trial of China Energy Fund Committee’s secretary general Chi Ping Patrick Ho ended with blockbuster revelations of two former U.N. leaders: 68th President of the General Assembly John Ashe and 69th President of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa. In 2015, ex-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara kicked off the anti-corruption crackdown at the United Nations by charging Ashe in a…

Mainstream Media Finally Reporting on How the Elite Gave Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein a ‘Deal of a Lifetime’

For years, the Free Thought Project has been set on exposing the cozy relationship between billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffery Epstein and high-level establishment insiders. And, for years, we’ve been one of only a few voices out there willing to report on this corruption and depravity inside politics. That is, until now. This week, in a bombshell report out of the Miami Herald, Epstein’s ties to the past administrations—as well as the current one—were laid out for the world to see. Instead of ignoring it, however, this time, mainstream media outlets like CNN picked up the story and ran with it. Last year, the Free…

‘The One Financial Institution That Stuck with Trump’: Deutsche Bank Headquarters Raided in Germany

As news broke Thursday morning that Deutsche Bank’s German headquarters had been raided in Frankfurt over, numerous observers were quick to note the bank’s deep ties to U.S. President Donald Trump. The bank’s offices were reportedly raided in connection with the Panama Papers money laundering investigation. Two employees and several “unidentified people in positions of authority” are suspected of failing to report the laundering of more than $350 million which were kept by the bank in accounts located in the British Virgin Islands. According to NPR, more than 900 Deutsche Bank clients were able to keep their money on the…

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner to plead guilty for not filing taxes in 2013, 2014, and 2015

Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa is scheduled to enter a guilty plea on federal tax charges next month, his attorney confirmed. De Sousa stepped down in May, after just a few months at the helm of the department, when he was charged with three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a federal tax return. Court records filed late Thursday showed a rearraignment hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 18. Defendants typically enter guilty pleas at such hearings. Gerard Martin, De Sousa’s attorney, confirmed De Sousa would be pleading guilty but declined further comment. De Sousa has previously admitted…

16 U.S. Postal workers took bribes to deliver cocaine in metro Atlanta

Sixteen U.S. Postal Services workers in metro Atlanta were sentenced to federal prison for accepting bribes, some as low as $250, to deliver cocaine, The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia said in a news release Tuesday. They each received sentences between three and nine years, federal officials said. Federal agents first learned of the crimes in 2015 while investigating a drug trafficking organization in Atlanta, according to the release. Drug traffickers bribed the postal workers to deliver the drugs because they believed they were less likely to be caught by law enforcement officials. To catch the postal…

Deal of a lifetime: The real story on how Jeffrey Epstein only got 13 months for sexually assaulting over 300 girls

On a muggy October morning in 2007, Miami’s top federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, had a breakfast appointment with a former colleague, Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Lefkowitz. It was an unusual meeting for the then-38-year-old prosecutor, a rising Republican star who had served in several White House posts before being named U.S. attorney in Miami by President George W. Bush. Instead of meeting at the prosecutor’s Miami headquarters, the two men — both with professional roots in the prestigious Washington law firm of Kirkland & Ellis — convened at the Marriott in West Palm Beach, about 70 miles away. For Lefkowitz,…

Former Communications Director for the Arkansas Democratic Party Arrested for Hosting Chat Rooms That Streamed Live Videos of Infants Being Raped While Smoking Methamphetamine at Work

A federal agent testified Friday that Harold “H.L.” Moody, who was fired last week from his job as special events coordinator for Pulaski County Youth Services, distributed child pornography and smoked methamphetamine out of a glass pipe while seated at his desk in the county administration building during regular work hours. Jason Bennett, a special agent for Homeland Security Investigations, said an agent who was participating in an undercover capacity in a video-conferencing application used by child pornographers took “screen shots” of Moody sitting at his desk and conversing with others in the secret chatroom on more than one occasion…

Brother of Honduran president detained in Miami for ‘conspiring to import cocaine’

Less than a year after a convicted drug lord testified that he had met with the Honduran president’s brother to discuss the repayment of debt related to a money-laundering operation, Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernandez was detained by federal agents in Miami on drug and weapons charges. Hernandez, the brother of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, was detained Friday for “conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, and related weapons charges,” said James Margolin, the chief public information office for the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, in a statement to the Miami Herald. Margolin said Hernandez…

The Man Who Was Sentenced To 14 Years For Making ‘Anti-Gravity’ Vehicles

It’s astonishing to me how the topic of anti-gravity is still be placed in the “conspiracy theory” realm. This isn’t the stuff of conspiracy theories or “fringe” science, it’s a field full of reputable scientists and scholars, and real-world examples that have come not only from hard evidence but from extremely credible witness testimony as well.  One thing is for certain when talking about such topics: one must delve into the black budget world. Take, for example, a recent investigation conducted by a Michigan State University professor and a former secretary from the Department of Housing and Development. Together, with a team…

95-year-old charged as accessory to 36,000 deaths at Nazi concentration camp

Prosecutors in Germany reportedly charged a 95-year-old alleged former guard at a Nazi death camp with more than 36,000 counts of accessory to murder. CBS News reports that Hans Werner H., whose last name was not publicly released by police, was charged Friday and accused of serving as a guard at the Mauthausen concentration camp in northern Austria from 1944-1945. More than 95,000 people including 14,000 Jews, are believed to have been executed at the Mauthausen camp alone, part of millions that died during the years of the Holocaust in German-occupied Europe. The 95-year-old suspect was not charged with any specific killings…

Secret Service cracks down on credit card skimming at gas pumps nationwide

Credit card skimmers beware. The U.S. Secret Service said it is kicking off the holiday season with a nationwide initiative to crack down on credit card skimming devices installed at gas stations. The operation, called “Operation Deep Impact,” was launched on Thanksgiving Day and is set to coincide with an increased demand for fuel over the holidays. “An estimated 54 million Americans will travel across town or across the country for Thanksgiving, and while doing so, many will buy gas for their cars,” read a statement from the government agency. “These annual increases in motor travelers on the road during…

Scientist jailed after discovering deadly viruses are delivered through vaccines

Molecular bioloist Dr. Judy A. Mikovits was thrown in prison after discovering evidence that deadly retroviruses are transmitted through vaccines given to humans. In a disturbing true story first published by Natural News, Dr. Mikovits found evidence “that deadly retroviruses have been transmitted to 25 million Americans through vaccines.” Dr. Mikovits worked with human retroviruses and focused on immunotherapy research and HIV. In 2009, she was doing research on neurological diseases, including autism, when she discovered many of her study subjects were suffering from serious medical issues. These issues included cancer, motor-neuron disorders and chronic fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Collective-evolution.com reports:…

Student Loan Servicer Steered Some Borrowers To Higher-Cost Plans

One of the companies that handles federal student loans has been steering some borrowers toward repayment plans that cost them more money over time. That’s the finding of a report that the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid did on Navient, one of its loan servicers. But while FSA offered suggestions for improving some of Navient’s practices, it says the company didn’t necessarily do anything wrong. The report had not been released publicly. So Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts did, providing it to The Associated Press and posting it online Tuesday. The report is dated May 2017. A…

Chilling quotes from alleged Khashoggi murder audio tape revealed

A Turkish newspaper has released quotes from an audio tape which reportedly captured last moments of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Washington Post columnist is heard demanding to be freed: Release my arm! What do you think you are doing? Habertürk newspaper, citing security sources, released the gruesome quotes on Monday. The paper alleges the recordings show that the journalist was seized by the Saudi squad right after he entered the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Khashoggi and four members of the squad are heard quarrelling for at least 7 minutes. This…

Chipotle Caught Lying After Firing “Racist” Manager; Backpedals When Internet Outs Food Thief

Chipotle is scrambling to contain the fallout after they fired a St. Paul, Minnesota manager named Dominique for refusing to serve a 21-year-old black man she suspected had previously stolen food. The company reversed course and reportedly offered to rehire her after the internet sleuths discovered that the man had a lengthy Twitter history admitting to dining-and dashing. What’s worse, Chipotle admitted that they knew of the man’s history of theft before firing her, but did so because they had “no choice” but to believe the word of the man who was convicted in January of theft and had previously pleaded guilty to another theft charge,…

US college let booze-soaked, tenured ‘predators’ club’ prey on students sexually for YEARS – lawsuit

Dartmouth College administrators covered up for a trio of lewd professors who used their classrooms as a sexual hunting ground for over a decade, even threatening victims who spoke up, according to a new lawsuit. Seven former graduate students are suing the school, alleging staff “willfully ignored” more than 10 years’ worth of complaints about the institutionalized sexual harassment infecting the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences from top to bottom. When students did complain –about groping, harassing comments, even rape– administrators failed to act, hinting instead at unpleasant consequences for the complainants. The plaintiffs are seeking $70 million in…

Amazon Echo Home Recordings At Center Of Murder Trial As Judge Orders Data Release

A new type of court case has been slowly but steadily emerging within the American legal system: alleged crimes being detected from data supplied by smart devices. The very nature of the 1st, 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution appears to be at stake. In December 2016, an Arkansas murder case made headlines not so much for the death itself, but how a suspect was brought into custody. James Bates hosted a party at his Bentonville home on the night of November 21st, 2015. At some point during the event a man drowned in a hot tub on the…

Canadian Found Guilty for Terror Attack at Airport in Michigan

A Canadian man was found guilty of stabbing a police officer during a terror attack at an airport in the US state of Michigan, the Justice Department said in a press release. “Amor M. Ftouhi, 51, of Quebec, Canada, was found guilty of three crimes, including an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, in conjunction with an attack on a Bishop Airport officer in Flint, Michigan on June 21, 2017,” the release said on Tuesday. On the day of the incident, according to the release, Ftouhi stabbed the police officer in the neck twice while referring to killings in Syria,…

Hero Security Guard Stops Mass Shooting and is Killed by Cops Who Showed Up After it Was Over

Early Sunday morning, a tragedy took place in Illinois after a hero security guard stopped what was quickly becoming a deadly mass shooting, only to be shot by police moments later. Jemel Roberson, 26, was working security at Manny’s Blue Room Sunday morning when his heroism got him killed. The incident began after multiple individuals were asked to leave the bar for being unruly. Witnesses say all the men left and then returned and one came back in with a gun opening fire into the bar. As everyone else ran for cover, Roberson according to witnesses, engaged the shooter with…

Big investors sue 16 banks in U.S. over currency market rigging

A group of large institutional investors including BlackRock Inc and Allianz SE’s Pacific Investment Management Co has sued 16 major banks, accusing them of rigging prices in the roughly $5.1 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan by plaintiffs that decided to “opt out” of similar nationwide litigation that has resulted in $2.31 billion (£1.76 billion) of settlements with 15 of the banks. Those settlements followed worldwide regulatory probes that have led to more than $10 billion of fines for several banks, and the convictions or indictments of some traders.…

Man Charged with Threatening to Kill CNN Anchor DON LEMON…

A Mountain Home man is in custody after investigators say he threatened the life of a CNN journalist. Investigators from Atlanta say Benjamin Craig Matthews, 39, called CNN more than 40 times from a cell phone. In the calls, he is alleged to have said he would like to “kick the [expletive] out of DL.” Don Lemon is the anchor of CNN Tonight. In subsequent calls, investigators say Matthews asked CNN’s operator “Could I be directed to DL’s dead body hanging from a tree?” In another call, made on Nov. 1, he asks “Is DL dead yet? Can you help…

13 Dead After Mass Shooting At Southern California Bar

At least 13 people, including a sheriff’s deputy and the suspected shooter, have been killed, while multiple others were injured during a shooting at the country western dance hall Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The bar was holding a “College Country” night event when the shooter reportedly stormed the entrance, per NBC News. Media reports claimed hundreds of people were inside the venue at the time of the shooting, which began at around 11:30 pm local time. Thousand Oaks is situated in Ventura County about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles. One witness interviewed by local TV…

Court: Can’t pay your ticket? Wash police cars and clean courtrooms or go to jail

The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., appears to be reverting back to the 1950’s. A recent appeals court ruling reveals that Montgomery, Alabama judges and police are allowed to give indigent people two choices to pay for traffic tickets. One, they can wash police cars and clean courtrooms or two, they can go directly to jail. “This appeal requires us to decide whether two municipal judges enjoy absolute judicial immunity and a mayor and two police chiefs enjoy qualified immunity from a complaint alleging claims of peonage and false imprisonment.? “The complaint alleges that the city of Montgomery, aggressively…

Snowden Claims Israeli Software Was Used to Track Khashoggi

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. More than two weeks later, Riyadh admitted that the Washington Post contributor had been killed in an altercation inside the consulate. US whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the Israel cyber intelligence firm NSO Group Technologies of “selling a digital burglary tool” which he claimed had been used to track Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in Istanbul last month, according to the Jerusalem Post. He said in this context that that NSO’s software is not “just being used for catching criminals and stopping terrorist attacks […] not…

14 sailors busted for LSD on US nuclear carrier…

Fourteen sailors from the nuclear reactor department of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan face disciplinary action in connection to LSD abuse, Navy officials confirmed this week. Two sailors are already heading to court-martial for using, possessing and distributing the hallucinogenic drug, while three are waiting to see whether they will be charged as well, according to 7th Fleet spokesman Lt. Joe Keiley. Another 10 sailors with the Japan-based ship were administratively disciplined on LSD-related charges, Keiley said. A 15th sailor was also disciplined, but that person was not assigned to the carrier’s reactor department. Keiley said the 14 reactor sailors…