CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2013 |
Sergio Santiago Syjuco said he looked up to Richard Han, who was older, wealthy and clearly important. When Han went into karaoke clubs in the Philippines - which were widely known to double as brothels - he always got the biggest private rooms and the best service, Syjuco said. Managers would offer dozens of young women as paid companions for Han and members of his party, Syjuco said. Han boasted that he was an international arms dealer and he picked up the tab for all the booze and sex, Syjuco said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2012 |
An undercover FBI agent on a case of weapons smuggling from the Philippines to the United States denied a defense attorney's allegation that he paid for sex for himself and the suspects using taxpayer dollars. The agent, a 16-year veteran who was not identified by name in court documents because he is working undercover in a separate investigation, in a sworn declaration strongly denied allegations of what a public defender contended was "outrageous government misconduct" and should be grounds for the case to be thrown out. Federal prosecutors have acknowledged that the government paid for $14,500 in expenses incurred by the agent for entertainment, cocktails and tips over the course of the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2012 |
An undercover FBI agent investigating weapon smuggling in the Philippines spent taxpayer dollars to pay for prostitutes for the suspects and himself at a club later raided for hiring underage girls, a defense attorney has alleged in court filings. Federal prosecutors acknowledged in court filings that the government reimbursed the agent for $14,500 for entertainment, cocktails and tips over a period of less than a year in 2010 and 2011 in connection with the case. The expenses included $1,600 on a night out in September 2011 at a club known as Area 51 in Manila.
September 15, 2012 |
An Illinois teen has been arrested on suspicion of trying to detonate a car bomb in front of a Chicago bar, authorities said Saturday. The device was inert and had been supplied by an undercover agent. Adel Daoud, 18, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and to damage and destroy a building with an explosive, authorities said. He could face life in prison if convicted. According to the U.S. attorney's Office in Chicago, Daoud in October began sending emails with information about “violent jihad and the killing of Americans.” The emails, some of which were sent to him, included information about jihad, the Taliban and Anwar Awlaki, the radical American cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone, according to a complaint filed in federal court Saturday.
May 24, 2012 |
Two men have been sentenced to 300 days in jail and three years of probation after selling 800 CDs containing pirated music to undercover government agents. The men -- Juan Lucas Camacho, 39, and Jose Pablo Almaraz, 38 -- sold the CDs for $480, to Justice Department agents last month at a Los Angeles Home Depot store. That means they were selling the CDs, which included music from Jorge Santa Cruz and Pitbull, at an average of 60 cents apiece. The two were sentenced this week after pleading guilty to a felony count of failure to disclose the origin of a recording they sold, the office of California Atty.
December 26, 2011 |
First, he preached the Gospel in South Los Angeles. Then he picked up a badge and gun as an LAPD officer working the Wilshire Division. From there, he moved to the FBI, serving as an undercover agent in Los Angeles, then in Tennessee. His life, he said, was "my American dream. " But now Darin McAllister is in federal prison in eastern Kentucky, serving a four-year sentence as part of a Justice Department investigation into mortgage fraud. His life today, he says, is "my American nightmare.