Democrat Congressman Charged With Racketeering Conspiracy, Bribery And Wire Fraud In 29-Count Indictment

Rep. Chaka Fattah Charged In 29-Count Indictment – Roll Call

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Prosecutors charged Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Wednesday in a 29-count indictment with racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud as part of a probe into the 11-term congressman launched by the FBI and IRS in March 2013.

Fattah’s office confirmed he has agreed to give up his leadership post on the Appropriations Committee, where he is the top Democrat overseeing criminal justice and science spending. He will be replaced by Mike Honda, D-Calif., who is currently the subject of an ethics probe.

Fattah has declared his innocence and his plans to run for reelection.

Fattah’s congressional district director, 59-year-old Bonnie Bowser of Philadelphia, and former congressional staffer Karen Nicholas, 57, plus two other individuals were also charged for their alleged involvement in several schemes federal investigators say were intended to further their political and financial interests by misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. The indictment alleges illegal activity dating back to Fattah’s failed 2007 campaign to serve as mayor of Philadelphia, as well as false congressional campaign filings.

During an 11 a.m. news conference in Pennsylvania, officials declined to go into specifics about the penalties Fattah, 58, could face. His D.C. office did not immediately respond to requests for comment, with the House in session and headed toward final votes before the August recess. Fattah has not been arrested, and the office did not say whether Bowser would stay in her position.

“Public corruption takes a particularly heavy toll on our democracy because it undermines people’s basic belief that our elected leaders are committed to serving the public interest, not to lining their own pockets,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell.

The indictment alleges that in connection with his failed mayoral bid, Fattah and his associates borrowed $1 million from a wealthy supporter and disguised the funds as a loan to a consulting company, then created sham contracts and made false accounting records, tax returns and campaign finance disclosure statements.

In addition, the indictment alleges that after his defeat in the mayoral election, Fattah sought to extinguish approximately $130,000 in campaign debt owed to a political consultant by agreeing to arrange for the award of federal grant funds to the consultant. According to the allegations in the indictment, Fattah directed the consultant to apply for a $15 million grant, which he did not ultimately receive, on behalf of a then non-existent nonprofit entity. In exchange for Fattah’s efforts to arrange the award of the funds to the nonprofit, the consultant allegedly agreed to forgive the debt owed by the campaign.

The indictment further alleges that Fattah misappropriated funds from his mayoral and congressional campaigns to repay approximately $23,000 of his son’s student loan debt.

In another alleged scheme, beginning in 2008, Fattah communicated with individuals in the legislative and executive branches in an effort to secure for 69-year-old lobbyist Herbert Vederman an ambassadorship or an appointment to the U.S. Trade Commission in exchange for an $18,000 bribe.

Vederman, of Palm Beach, Fla., was also charged in the indictment.

Finally, the indictment alleges that Nicholas obtained $50,000 in federal grant funds that she claimed would be used by EAA to support a conference on higher education. The conference never took place. Instead, Nicholas used the grant funds to pay $20,000 to a political consultant and $10,000 to her attorney, and wrote several checks to herself from EAA’s operating account.

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*VIDEOS* Cleveland Cop Pepper Sprays #BlackLivesMatter Racists After They Interfere With Arrest



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H/T Weasel Zippers

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New Hampshire Mailman Breaks Into House, Tries On Woman’s Boots

NH Mailman Allegedly Broke Into House, Tried On Woman’s Boots – WBZ

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A New Hampshire mailman has some explaining to do, after being arrested for allegedly breaking into a house on his route.

The homeowner on Piscataqua Road in Dover recently installed a new security system with motion-sensitive surveillance cameras that send an alert to her phone. On Wednesday morning, she got an alert that someone was inside her house.

When the homeowner, who does not want to be identified, saw the surveillance images, she recognized the man who had broken in and she also recognized his footwear.

“He didn’t take anything from the house,” according to Lt. Brant Dolleman of the Dover, N.H. Police Department. “Apparently he went into the house once, left the house and went back into the house. While in there, he put on some boots that she had and wore them inside the house, walked around with those on inside the house for some reason.”

The intruder, police say, is 39-year-old Richard Ringer, who lives in nearby Raymond, N.H. But he also knows Dover very well since he’s the mailman in the area.

“Obviously in cases like this you’re always checking to see who is in the neighborhood; it’s not that big a town,” Lt. Dolleman explained. “He’s a recognizable face in the neighborhood and as I said, we were able to locate him pretty quickly. We were able to find him by about 2 o’clock. He was still wearing the same clothes. Not the boots, but the clothes.”

The homeowner also told WBZ the boots her mailman is wearing were kept in a box under her bed. On the surveillance video, she said, Ringer finds them in quite a hurry, suggesting to her that he’s broken into her house and worn them before today.

Police are concerned there may be other houses he’s broken into.

“That’s one of the reasons to get this story out there – not just to talk about what a strange story it is,” Dolleman said. “It’s to see, do we have other victims out there?”

Ringer was released on bail.

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Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Awesome Video Shows What Happens When An Armed Robber Shoves Aside A Guy Who Happens To Be A Former Marinre – Right Scoop

An idiot thug tried to rob a gas station early one morning and pushed aside a man who was in his way. Unfortunately for his dumb ass, the guy turned out to be a firefighter and a former marine. It did not go well for the robber.

Watch below:

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“This guy walks in and gets up to me and, you know, and puts his hand on me and kind of moves me out of the way,” he said. “So I kind of step back and realize that he’s not paying attention to me; he just wanted me out of the way so he moves me and goes up to the cash register.”

Gaskey is seen in the video moving back, his hands in the air, apparently mistaking the man, identified by police as Dylan John Bearden, for an impatient customer. “Initially, I was just shocked that someone would be putting their hands on me,” Gaskey said.

“I glance over and realize he’s got a black hood or mask over his face, so immediately it’s obvious what his intentions are,” he continued.

Police say Bearden demanded money from the clerk as he pulled a weapon.

Gaskey described what happened at that point. “So he moves me and goes up to the cash register, to the cashier, and pulls out a fixed blade knife and tells her, ‘This is gonna be quick and easy,’ you know, something about ‘Give me the money.’”

That’s when the guy who’d been shoved aside sprang into action.

“I have the element of surprise at this moment while he’s talking to her, so I jumped on his back and went for the control of the knife, grabbed his arm and flipped him over to maintain control of the weapon and get him on the ground,” Gaskey said. “I wrestled the knife away from him and I just subdued him and maintained control of his body until the police arrived a few minutes later.”

Security video shows Gaskey reacting and leaping forward, pulling Bearden to the ground, taking the knife from him, and holding him until police arrive.

“Once I got him on the ground, it was pretty quick. It wasn’t a long fight; it wasn’t incredibly rough. I controlled his arm on the way to the ground, I got on top of him, and once I was wrestled the knife away from him and moved it away from his reach, I was able to put pressure on his shoulder, control him, and stop him from struggling. Once he stopped struggling, it became rather civil,” Gaskey said.

The suspect was outmatched, to say the least.

“I controlled him, I controlled his arms, and I told him, ‘We’re not gonna move til the cops get here. And if you move or you do anything I don’t like, that’s gonna be a problem for me and we’ll go from there,’” he said.

Bearden, apparently, heeded the advice.

“Once I had control of him, he didn’t fight anymore. I kept my pressure on his wrists, I kept my weight on his back, and we basically just sat there until the cops,” Gaskey said.

Dumbass was arrested once the cops arrived.

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Pathetic Assclown (And Likely Obama Supporter) Robs Lemonade Stand Run By 13-Year-Old Girls

This A-Hole Committed A Strong-Arm Robbery On Two Girls At A Lemonade Stand – Downtrend

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Robbing a church, mugging the Salvation Army Santa, stealing from Girlscouts… These are crimes we find particularly despicable because the victims are so pure and defenseless. Let’s add knocking over a lemonade stand to that list, which is something that just happened in San Bernardino County, CA. Seriously, a grown-ass man robbed a couple of girls running a lemonade stand.

The Press-Telegram reports that 18-year old Santini Tate was visiting a friend in Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday when he decided he needed some quick cash. Figuring he might face some resistance by robbing an adult or an adult-run business, he set his sights on two 13-year old girls who were running a lemonade stand.

At around 3:45pm Tate cased the stand. He approached the girls and said he was thirsty but didn’t have any money. Out of the kindness of their hearts, the girls gave Tate a lemonade for free. He made note of the girls’ cash box and began formulating his master plan.

Tate walked away drinking his free lemonade, and then circled back around. He physically knocked over the lemonade stand and grabbed the girls’ pink and turquoise cash box. He ran off thinking he’d just committed the perfect crime.

A brother of one of the girls chased after Tate and was able to recover the moneybox, but it was empty and Tate was gone with $30 of the girls’ cash.

Tate had just robbed two girls at a lemonade stand in broad daylight with plenty of witnesses. You’d think even a semi-intelligent criminal would realize that the cops were coming and maybe he should get the hell out of there, but you’d be wrong. Police found Tate minutes later walking down the street. He had the girls’ $30 in his pocket.

Tate was arrested and booked for strong-arm robbery. Detectives believe he was linked to a series of petty thefts in the area earlier that day. Officials didn’t elaborate on the nature of the other crimes, but I just picture this POS walking around the neighborhood stealing stuff and not thinking that he would ever be held accountable for his actions.

If his lemonade stand heist is any indication, he probably took candy from a baby, stole crutches from a handicapped person, and kicked a puppy.

According to their parents, the girls are so traumatized by this incident that they will no longer be running a lemonade stand. It’s a terrible commentary on our society that lemonade stands can’t operate without armed security.

I feel like a man that would commit a strong-arm robbery on girls at a lemonade stand is beyond redemption. Sadly, he probably won’t even go to jail for this crime. Clearly he has no moral compass and will most certainly graduate to even more violent and despicable crimes.

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Huge Media Cover-Up Of Child Sexual Abuse Charges Against Homosexual Obama Bundler

Huge Media Cover-Up Of Criminal Charges Against Obama Bundler, Gay Leader – Newsbusters

[The following is taken from a Tuesday press release by the Catholic League.]

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Last November, Terrence Bean was taken into custody in Portland, Oregon following an indictment by a jury that charged him with multiple sex crimes against minors. Now additional child sexual abuse charges have been made against him. Why isn’t the media covering this? Because he’s a prominent gay leader, that’s why.

Bean is the co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the most influential gay group in the nation; he is also a big donor to President Obama and even flew on Air Force One with him. The Associated Press (AP) chose not to cover the latest allegations, but not because it has no interest in new charges against alleged sex offenders: it does if the accused is a priest.

On June 28, AP reported on new charges against James Rupp, a former Michigan priest who was accused of sexually assaulting boys decades ago. On April 8, AP reported on new charges against Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., a Pennsylvania priest accused of molesting boys in Honduras. But there was no AP story on the latest charges against Bean. The AP bias is even worse than this.

On July 7, the day before Bean was hit with new charges, his lawyers filed a motion to have the multiple sex charges against him dismissed. Guess who covered that? AP, of course. The cover-up doesn’t end there.

HRC has no listing of Bean on its website, and it even lies about his role in founding the organization: it lists Steve Endean as the founder, when, in fact, he was a co-founder with Bean. That’s not an error – it’s disinformation. And by the way, guess what happened to Endean? He died of AIDS in 1993, having contracted the disease in 1985.

We are registering a complaint with AP. As for HRC, it’s not worth our time. But we will be sure to let them know that we’re on to them.

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Cop-Hater Marilyn Mosby’s Mother, Father And Uncle Were Disgraced Cops

Bad Blood: Marilyn Mosby’s Mom Resigned Boston Police Force After Failing Drug Test – Daily Caller

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The mother of Baltimore city state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby faced numerous disciplinary actions during her 20-year career as a Boston police officer, though the public wouldn’t know it based on the Freddie Gray case prosecutor’s public statements touting her family’s strong policing history.

The 35-year-old Mosby has used her family’s police ties to rebut critics who say she rushed to judgement and overcharged the six cops involved in Gray’s April 12 arrest. The 25-year-old Gray died a week later, touching off rioting in Baltimore and nationwide protests.

“Law enforcement is pretty much instilled within my being,” Mosby told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on May 1, the day she publicly announced charges against the officers. “I come from five generations of police officers,” she added, pointing out that her mother, father, grandfather and uncles have all served as cops.

But there’s more to the story than Mosby has let on.

Personnel records obtained by The Daily Caller show that Mosby’s mother, Linda Thompson, first violated the Boston police department’s substance abuse policy in 2006. After serving a 45-day rehab stint, Thompson violated the drug code again and voluntarily resigned on Feb. 1, 2008, rather than be fired.

The early retirement allowed Thompson, now 52, to draw a $1,810.69 monthly pension.

Thompson is not the only member of Mosby’s family to have had a rocky policing career. Mosby’s father was fired from the Boston police department in 1991 following accusations that he and his partner robbed drug dealers at gun point. Mosby’s uncle was fired from Boston PD in 2001 after testing positive for cocaine. Her grandfather was a well-respected Boston cop, but he ultimately and unsuccessfully sued the department for racial discrimination in the 1980s.

Mosby has not publicly mentioned any of that during her speeches when running for Baltimore state’s attorney or since taking on the Gray case.

“A majority of police officers are risking their lives day-in and day-out,” Mosby told Hayes during her interview. “Recognizing that, because that’s what my family did, I also recognize that there are those individuals that usurp their authority who will… go past the public trust.”

“When they do that, you have to hold those individuals accountable,” Mosby added.

Mosby’s claims are disingenuous, say three retired Boston police officers interviewed by TheDC.

“Linda Thompson’s daughter is lecturing police officers about the right thing to do? You’ve got to be kidding me,” said one former cop who reached the highest levels of the Boston police department and has known Thompson since the beginning of her career.

The retired officer, who asked not to be named, said that Mosby’s message has been, “You can trust me, I come from a family of cops.”

Mosby has proved a polarizing figure so far in the Gray case. Elected to office last year, she became a national star to many after her public announcement of charges against the cops. But her many critics say her case is flimsy and that she charged the officers for political reasons.

The prosecution’s theory seems to be that the officers did not do enough to restrain Gray in the back of a police van after his April 12 arrest. Some of the six officers also failed to provide proper medical attention, Mosby has claimed.

Gray’s April 19 death was ruled a homicide due to “an act of omission.” Mosby charged the driver of Gray’s police van with second-degree depraved heart murder and manslaughter. Three other cops face manslaughter charges.

Mosby has also been heavily criticized for using activist rhetoric when publicly discussing the case. During her May 1 speech she said that she heard protesters’ battle-cry of “no justice, no peace.” Days before that speech – and before the medical examiner’s office had even determined Gray’s cause of death – she told a group of local clergy members that she was going to seek justice for Gray “by any and all means necessary.”

The public got an apparent glimpse of Mosby’s sentiment towards the cops when she “favorited” two controversial tweets on May 6. One tweet called the officers “thugs” and another asserted that the young prosecutor “INFURIATES a certain kind of white person.” Mosby denied favoriting the tweets, saying that her account was hacked. However, her personal account showed no other evidence of being infiltrated.

Mosby’s public comments reminded one retired Boston detective of something her mom did in the 18th district police house on Oct. 3, 1995.

That was the day a California jury found O.J. Simpson not guilty of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

The detective, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told TheDC that when the bombshell decision was announced, an ecstatic Linda Thompson jumped up on the desk of another officer and began “doing a victory dance.”

The retired detective said he was bothered by the display but felt he couldn’t do anything about it. Thompson did not respond to a phone message and several emails sent over the past three weeks seeking comment about the incident.

Thompson’s former colleague gave other insight into her work in the 18th district, which encompasses Boston’s Hyde Park.

“This is a woman we carried because half of the time she was on drugs, she was high,” the former cop told TheDC in a phone interview.

“Everybody knew it, but nobody wanted to say anything,” he added. “She did nothing. All she did was put in the hours.”

Thompson officially became a Boston police officer in April 1987. She followed in the footsteps of her father, Prescott Thompson, who helped start Boston’s first black policeman’s organization.

Even as a police recruit, Linda Thompson faced disciplinary action. Her personnel file shows she was suspended for one day in Jan. 1987. After becoming a full-time cop, Thompson was suspended again for one day on Dec. 7, 1989, for failure to report for duty. She was suspended for another day on Oct. 29, 1991, for refusing directives and orders.

Thompson was suspended for 10 days on Feb. 5, 1993. That decision was made following a hearing held Dec. 31, 1991, which was sparked by an internal affairs investigation started in July 1990. Evidence was submitted which established that Thompson violated security rules and rules governing the care and maintenance of department firearms. In 1995, the department revised Thompson’s punishment and awarded her five days of back pay.

On Nov. 13, 1995, just weeks after the alleged Simpson verdict scene, Thompson was cited for failure to report for duty and was suspended for one day. She was suspended again for one day on May 28, 1996, for neglect of duty and for failure to report damage to an assigned vehicle. On Sept. 26, 2003, Thompson was suspended for five days for using profane language towards a superior and for refusing to leave a restricted area.

Thompson’s first documented drug violation came on Dec. 5, 2006, according to her personnel file. Records show she agreed to a settlement for violating the department’s substance abuse policy. As part of the settlement, Thompson accepted a 45-day suspension.

Thompson, now the director of a Christian dance school in North Carolina, violated the department’s substance abuse policy again, according to the three retired officers. None had direct knowledge of the department’s internal investigation but said that Thompson’s second foul was known all throughout the department.

Last month, TheDC reported that in 1989, Mosby’s father, Alan James, was arrested and charged with assault and battery along with another officer for their role in the armed robberies of local drug dealers. James and his partner allegedly flashed their badges and pulled out their guns. During one heist, one of the officers’ weapons discharged, though nobody was hurt. James was acquitted of charges in 1991 but was fired by the Boston police department immediately after.

Mosby’s grandfather, Prescott Thompson, was by all accounts a distinguished police officer. But he eventually filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the department. He was forced to resign the force in 1976 because he lost his right eye five years before and could no longer work. When he tried to come back on the job in 1986, he was denied. After that, he filed the suit, which eventually went nowhere.

Mosby’s uncle, Richard Miller, was successful in his 1981 racial discrimination lawsuit against the Massachusetts state police. He was a awarded a judgement of more than $200,000.

TheDC found that another Mosby uncle, Preston Thompson, was fired from the Boston police force after testing positive for cocaine in 2001. That was Thompson’s first positive test for drugs, and he could have remained on the force, which has a two-strikes policy, had he entered the same 45-day drug rehab program Linda Thompson entered. But he refused to do so and was fired. He reportedly draws disability pay.

Mosby’s office did not respond to a request for comment. The trial against the six Baltimore officers is scheduled to begin in October. Defense attorneys for the accused have filed motions calling for Mosby to recuse herself from the case. So far, she has declined to do so.

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