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LI lawyer, former FBI agent, pleads guilty to role in mental disability scam

Updated March 2, 2015 7:31 PM

A Long Island attorney charged as one of four masterminds in a $400 million disability scam has pleaded guilty in a deal that would get him a year in jail in return for his cooperation in the case, the Manhattan district attorney's office said.

Raymond LaVallee, 84, of Massapequa, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy Friday and will have to make $2 million in restitution and fines, authorities...

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FBI 'spy hunter' pal gets 2 1/2 years in federal prison

March 4 2015

Former Tarrytown resident Johannes Thaler, 51.

A former Tarrytown man was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison Wednesday for his role in an ambitious bribery scheme that he hatched with his former FBI agent pal.

The sentencing by U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccetti follows an Oct. 17 guilty plea by Johannes Thaler, 51, for wire fraud, bribery and conspiracy for helping to orchestrate the illegal scheme with childhood friend Robert Lustyik.

It is one of two conspiracy cases against Thaler and Lustyik, a former FBI 'spy hunter' from Sleepy Hollow.

Federal prosecutors in White Plains said the two men conspired to collect bribes from a third man, Rizve Ahmed of Danbury, Conn., in exchange for a negative U.S. government report on a Bangladeshi political rival of Ahmed's.

Lustyik pleaded guilty in the New York case on Dec. 23 and faces up to 17 years when he is sentenced April 30.

In the second case, lodged by the U.S. Attorneys Office in Salt Lake City in 2012, Lustyik and Thaler pleaded guilty to another bribery scheme. In that case prosecutors said they arranged to collect hefty payoffs in exchange for thwarting a separate government probe into a controversial defense contractor.

Lustyik and Thaler are both scheduled to be sentenced in the Utah case on March 30. Thaler is expected to be sentenced to 13 months in prison in Utah under an Oct. 1 plea deal.

In the New York case, Thaler faced up to 35 years in federal prison. But in papers filed in U.S. District Court this week, defense attorney Jason Ser argued that a 15-month sentence for his client "adequately reflects the seriousness of the offense and provides just punishment."

Prosecutors recommended a harsher sentence of up to 6 1/2 years in their pre-sentencing motion.

Thaler and Lustyik were childhood friends who both graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School. Thaler worked as a press operator at The Journal News from 1987 until 2003. His lawyers said that at th

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Petraeus Is Protected by a Politicized Justice Department

March 5, 2015 4:00 AM
He committed several felony violations but is permitted to plead guilty only to a misdemeanor.

David Petraeus, the former top U.S. military commander and CIA director, is reportedly being permitted by the Obama Justice Department to plead guilty to a misdemeanor in order to end the criminal investigation into his mishandling of highly classified information.

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March 14 2015


Third Gonzales trial to have no jury


Former FBI agent Arthur Gonzales will have a third trial, and this one won’t end in a hung jury.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen and defense attorney Mark Gardner agreed Friday to let Judge Sarah Deneke decide Gonzales’ fate at the third trial.
Deneke presided over the first two lengthy trials, which ended with juries unable to agree on a verdict after hearing extensive expert testimony from both sides.

Gonzales had been charged with second-degree murder, which carries up to 40 years in prison.

But Olsen decided after the last trial to seek only a voluntary manslaughter conviction next time. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Both juries rejected the murder charges before being unable to decide on an alternative manslaughter charge.

Gardner filed a motion after the last trial in January asking Deneke to dismiss the case altogether.

He argued that two trials were enough and that Gonzales should not have to endure the emotional distress and expense of another trial.

Deneke on Friday denied Gardner’s motion, setting the stage for the attorneys to agree to a bench trial instead of another possible hung jury.

Gonzales contends that he killed his wife after she charged at him with a knife during a discussion that included telling her he wanted to speed up their divorce.

The prosecution claims that Gonzales shot his wife at least three times while she was on the ground, then staged the scene in an attempt to support his story.

Gonzales was working for the FBI at Quantico at the time of the slaying, but has since lost his job.

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FBI agent to be sentenced in Afghan scheme

March 30 2015

A former FBI agent accused of derailing a fraud investigation by making a suspect appear to be a key counterintelligence source is set to be sentenced in Salt Lake City Monday.

Retired New York agent Robert Lustyik Jr., 52, pleaded guilty in September to fraud and conspiracy charges.

Federal prosecutors say he tried to derail a Utah-based investigation into a company accused of using insider information to win $54 million in bloated government contracts to supply Afghan troops in exchange for a cut of the business.

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FBI agent Lustyk got a 10 year indefinite sentence allowing him to be released in 1 year.
He was allowed to retire first allowing him to collect
his $80,000.00 a year FBI pension.Then he was charged with a crime.

Compare that to FBI agent John Ryan who lost his pension
when he refused to infiltrate a group protesting the war.
Jack Ryan (FBI agent)


This page is about the FBI agent; for other uses, see Jack Ryan (disambiguation)

John C. "Jack" Ryan (born 19 June 1938) is a former FBI agent and police officer.[1] He had been an FBI agent between 1966 and 1987 before being fired for refusing to investigate nonviolent activists.[2] He lost his job in September 1987 ten months short of retirement.[1] He was thus ineligible for a full pension and had to live in a homeless shelter.[3] In a report by the LA Times, he stated his belief that the Bureau could reinstate him to a position which would not conflict with his personal beliefs that U.S. involvement in Central America is "violent, illegal and immoral."[4]

He was also a critic of COINTELPRO.[5]

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Green fist graphicThe Judi Bari Web Site

Note: This statement by former FBI Special Agent John C. Ryan was filed as Appendix C to the Plaintiffs’ “Motion for Justice” filed in the Bari/Cherney civil rights suit against the FBI and Oakland Police.


Statement of John C. Ryan

May 7, 2001

I, John C. Ryan, was a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from Feb. 28, 1966 to Oct. 11, 1987, assigned to Phoenix and Yuma, AZ (1 yr), Utica, NY (9 yrs), East St. Louis, IL (5 yrs) and Peoria, IL (7yrs). Most of my career I specialized in organized crime (OC) investigations. I also worked general criminal and applicant cases, and near the end of my Career I specialized in Foreign Counterintelligence & Terrorist cases.

My duties were to investigate violations of federal laws (those assigned to FBI jurisdiction), make arrests, serve search warrants, or as directed by the President of the United States.

I was fired from FBI on Oct 11, 87 for refusing a direct order to investigate non-violent peace groups as saboteurs/terrorists, based on my religious beliefs. I sued for re-instatement, (John C. Ryan vs. US Dept of Justice, Case No. 88C 2410, Central District of Illinois). Reinstatement was denied. The case was heard 10/15/91 by 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Case No. 91-1467 -- appeal denied.

Informant development and informant handling was my specialty throughout most of my FBI career. I worked OC for approximately 16 of my 22 years. I worked, handled, developed or attempted to develop literally hundreds of individuals as informants. I handled 7 Top Echelon (TE) informants including a Mafia member informant, and paid several thousand dollars to informants, both as "regularly paid" or in individual payments. I received two cash incentive awards for my work with informants. My two letters of censure from the FBI, neither of which I am ashamed, were because of overzealousness in my informant work. I attended a specialized informant In-Service training which gathered agents around the FBI that specialized or excelled in informant development.

During my entire FBI career, all agents working criminal matters were expected to have informants, also known as a source, asset, snitch, stool-pigeon, a 137 (the informant file number). One's informant coverage was a major portion of all performance reviews and inspection reports. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, with the inner-city rioting and unrest, every field agent had to have at least one "ghetto informant" meaning an Afro-American informant. In the late 60s, early 70s, the Top-Echelon Criminal Informant Program (TECIP) began, targeting OC figures, particularly Mafia members.

There were an overwhelming amount of rules and restrictions on the program, ostensibly to assure the "integrity" of bureau informants, and to prevent abuse by the informant or the agent.

The reality is that many agents either had no ability or desire to develop informants, some were simply unable to converse with somebody in the "criminal element" in a civil manner. By and large, the informant program was an internal game between the field and headquarters, almost all on paper, to meet the bureau requirements, and fraud on the part of the agents became rampant.

It was the unwritten policy of the field offices that all fugitive apprehensions, recovered stolen cars, and many other statistical accomplishments be attributed to an informant. A new informant was designated a Potential Criminal Informant, (PCI). This PCI needed 3 accomplishments (i.e., a fugitive located, a stolen car recovered), to become a Criminal Informant, (CI). After that all you had to do was contact the CI at least every 30 days, and fill out a background sheet. I heard these specific instructions, several times, from the informant coordinator at all-agent conferences. "Phony informants," or "paper informants" were the rule. Subsequently, the bureau rules governing informant development, handling. and reporting pertained almost entirely to this type of informant.

On the other hand there was always a scattering of agents that worked legitimate informants. Some of these informants were extremely competent and productive. Sometimes the informant was a "walk-in," a person that contacts us with some information, for some reason, and volunteers to continue providing information. There were agents with hoodlum friends or relatives that turned informant. Then, often in the course of a case, especially in prosecution stages, a subject would turn informant in return for leniency or release.

Then there were agents that had the desire and ability to develop informants. From my experience and from numerous contacts with other agents that specialized working informants, it became obvious that not many agents fell into this category. Many FBI divisions, mainly smaller ones, had no such agent, some with only one. Some of the larger divisions were not much different.

As a rule, the more productive an informant, the more paperwork and administrative problems he or she caused. Any agent familiar with real informants knows this, and often the agent found him/herself at frequent odds with the field office or the bureau and found it essential to cut corners with the paperwork, and subsequently with the content of the informant's information.

The rule said every informant had to be contacted at least once every thirty days. In reality, some informants were contacted on a regular basis, sometimes daily, while others were difficult to find, it was dangerous to meet, did not like to be contacted, or were generally unavailable. One productive informant could, in effect, carry several lesser productive informants. By this, I mean, it was common to take information from one informant and attribute it to another, or several others, to keep all productive, but especially to meet the 30 day contact rule. It was also common to use police intelligence information, information from illegal wire-taps and microphones, even news stories, by attributing the information to informants, both as a means of inflating an informant's worth, and/or masking an illegal eavesdropping operation.

All agents were required to certify upon every informant contact that the informant did not hold back any information and that the informant showed no signs of emotional or mental instability. Both statements, in my estimation and that of most agents I knew that handled informants, were absurd. Informants frequently held track Information or altered the information to fit their agenda, which was often revenge, or to provide what the agent was hoping to learn, especially if payment was involved. I found this aspect so common that I regularly maintained informants to inform on my informants.

Informant development and informant handling was my specialty throughout most of my FBI career. I worked OC for approximately 16 of my 22 years. I worked, handled, developed or attempted to develop literally hundreds of individuals as informants. I handled 7 TE informants including a Mafia member informant, and paid several thousand dollars to informants, both as "regularly paid" or individual payments. I received two cash incentive awards as well as two letters of censure from the bureau for informant matters.

The informant program was haphazardly maintained, by the bureau and by the field. There was little security given to informants. On a PCI case, the informant's actual name was the title and used throughout all paperwork. (CI's names were concealed and given symbol numbers.) The informant files were shelved with all other files and were available to any agent or clerk in the office. It was presumed that most of the informants were either totally fictional, or at least exaggerated.

The bureau requires a case agent to certify that they have instructed the informant that he/she is not an employee of the FBI, and that they are not to portray themselves as such. This is a problem that probably every agent that worked real informants has encountered. I recall a former mob muscle, hit-man that turned informant and who took to his new role with the same enthusiasm he had as he did for the mob. Once, after reading a newspaper column that trashed the FBI, he became so upset and took it so personal that he wanted to go and "mess-up" the columnist that wrote the article.

One secretary that handled informant payments became extremely resistant and uncooperative to me because the informant was earning more than she was, and she complained openly to others in the office about this. One SAC (Special Agent in Charge) commented when an agent was forced to pay several hundred dollars to repair a bureau car he damaged, "I thought that's what informant money was for."

In my first assignment I was told by an experienced agent to read "Our Man in Havana," a novel by Graham Green, if I wanted to know how the bureau informant program is best worked. In this story an "agent" in Havana, Cuba, manufactures all of the information he sends to his superiors using the diagram of a vacuum cleaner as the sinister weapon he spying on. I Worked at the Mexican border, and, as a favor to another agent responsible for "security" information from Mexico, would periodically go into Mexico, buy every Mexican newspaper I could find and give them to that agent, who told me he would read to find intelligence information to attribute to his security informant.

I was working OC cases when the TECIP was initiated. The program was pointed at the Mafia, or organized crime in general, (for offices that did not have Italian Mafia affiliations) seeking major OC figures as informants. It was a highly successful program but rarely operated as the bureau instructed and was led to believe it was run.

I attended an informant in-service training session at Quantico in which the director of the CI and TECI programs (both designed the particular programs and were with then from their start) both admitted they had never, in their field days, worked actual informants. Both were being very candid, and admitting the programs had great shortfalls.

One agent that had two good OC informants feared and mistrusted the bureau informant system so much that he never put either informant on paper, but instead attributed any information either told him to any one of several marginal or non-existent informants he carried on paper.

I know of an instance where an agent, in a division needing a Mafia member informant, took a person he was friendly with, a low level street con-man, with an Italian last name, and by quoting police intelligence sources and other informants, made him into a Mafia member -- or so the bureau thought. At the same time there was a highly productive illegal microphone in a local Mafia member's premises. The individual was "targeted" as a possible informant, successfully developed, greatly enhanced the agent's reputation, the field office's reputation and provided a vehicle to report the information from the microphone. Further, this informant was paid significantly on a regular basis (which also made the agent, office, and the information more appealing). When another, legitimate Mafia member informant, from the same Mafia family and the same city was developed, but did not validify the other so-called member, neither the field division nor the bureau balked, and the bogus member informant continued to be paid on a regular basis.

I had an informant that was on federal probation, but deeply involved with OC friends. Bureau rules prohibited contacting a federal parolee or probationer without permission of his Probation Officer. I contacted the Probation Officer who was convinced the source was going straight and told me he would violate him if he caught him talking to me. Instead of violating the bureau rule I made his girlfriend an informant and normally contacted them together, attributing all the information to her file. At a later point it became necessary to use some of his information in court. The situation was explained to the bureau. Although I was given a letter of censure, the bureau permitted me to provide the information as testimony. Although prepared to, I never testified in this, case. I would have, honestly, but the FBI file in which I reported the informant information to the bureau was fraudulent. The OC section of the bureau recognized the problem but the Office of Professional Responsibility did not.

With the advent of the Federal Strike Forces, the Media, PA break-in, (where, for the first time, actual internal FBI files, including informant contact forms, were stolen and seen by the public), the death of J. Edgar Hoover, then the Watergate scandal and the Senator Frank Church Guidelines that resulted, a great deal of change began to take place regarding informants.

Prior to all of this, rarely was the majority of informant information used for prosecuting crimes. It was gathered primarily for intelligence purposes (as was security type information). Intelligence gathering had become an end in itself, to impress one's own supervisor or the bureau, or just to gather intelligence for its own sake.

When wiretaps became legal, (early 1970s) informant information became imperative to obtain the affidavits necessary for the court authorized wiretaps. Often, especially when working with Strike Force attorneys, we would be tasked to obtain specific informant information to strengthen the affidavit, make it more specific, or to update the information due to the delays that occurred getting the affidavit approved. Sometimes it was dangerous -- dangerous for the informant's security, or dangerous for the case if the informant realized the target of the affidavit -- contacting the informant, or the informant was reluctant to be contacted, as when didn't like being an informant, or when the informant did not know he was an informant. Often in such cases, either the update would be invented. At this stage too much was at stake logistically, (eavesdropping equipment, manpower, surveillance, extra clerical help, etc.) for any informant problems, especially when it was the agent that testified as to what the informant said, not the informant. Regardless of the integrity of that agent, that informant's file was already so full of falsehoods that another one wouldn't matter.

One day, sometime in the early 1980s, all agents were contacted, by phone, not by memo, and told to close all "non-productive," (meaning phony) informants, with "no questions asked." Gradually many changes were made, such as removing informant files from the general files and keeping them in a special locked area, inaccessible to one and all, supposedly only the case agent. At the same time a new policy overtook the bureau; "quality not quantity." This applied to informants as well as all of the case work. But at the same time an addendum was whispered; "but we want a lot of quality."

As I have noted, there were numerous rules and procedures established at different times for the handling of informants at different stages of their development, and for maintaining files and records of contacts and dealings between informants and the agents who worked with them. Those rules were honored as much in the breach as in the observance in my experience. There were periodic announcements from the bureau of reforms, reconstitution of procedures and other supposed improvements in the system, but the same practices always continued, or were re-established over time.

Because of these experiences and observations, it would come as no surprise that FBI agents in the Judi Bari case, or any case, would distort, exaggerate, misrepresent, falsify or otherwise manipulate information about an informant, or about information supposedly received from an informant, or meetings, or the contents of reports and files, etc., regardless of the untruthfulness or unlawfulness of their actions. Anyone -- supervisors, bureau headquarters, a court or magistrate in a given case, prosecutors, city police officers -- might have been a target (victim) of such fraud and deception regarding informants and informant information in the circumstances and atmosphere I am describing.


John C. Ryan May 7, 2001

Note: This letter is Appendix C to the Plaintiffs' "Motion for Justice" filed in the Bari/Cherney civil rights suit against the FBI and Oakland Police. You may jump from here to Appendix A, the statement of noted historian Howard Zinn.



FBI Agent Sentenced to 10 Years in Afghan Kickback Scheme

Mar 30, 2015, 4:30 PM
Mar 30, 2015, FBI agent accused of trying to derail a Utah investigation into an alleged defense contractor kickback scheme was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday.

Prosecutors say that in exchange for promised riches, now-retired New York counterintelligence agent Robert Lustyik Jr. created a dossier of fabricated interviews with former federal agents to make it look like the defense contractor's chief was a key source.

At his sentencing hearing in Salt Lake City, Lustyik, 52, said he had been transferred to a smaller office shortly before he got involved with the scheme in 2011 and was determined to make one last big case.

"No man is above the law, and for nine months I forgot that," he said. "I took a boyhood dream of wanting to become an FBI agent and I destroyed it."

Prosecutor Maria Lerner said the public expects more of law enforcement.

"He sold his badge and he violated his oath," Lerner said. "He was desperately trying to get rich off of destroying a criminal case."

U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell sentenced Lustyik to several years less than what prosecutors asked for. She acknowledged that he has a wife and two children, one of them undergoing multiple surgeries for a medical condition. The time he serves will be particularly difficult because he's a former agent, she said.

Also sentenced Monday was the contractor, 54-year-old former special forces soldier Michael L. Taylor, who got two years in prison.

A friend of Lustyik's accused of acting as a messenger between the two men, Johannes Thaler, was sentenced to 13 months.

Lustyik and Thaler, 51, were also ordered to pay $70,000 in restitution.

Federal prosecutors say the onetime FBI agent agreed to derail a Utah investigation into a company started by former soldiers and suspected of paying kickbacks to win $54 million in bloated government contracts in Afghanistan.

In exchange for a cut of the multimillion-dollar business, Lustyik promised to "blow the doors off" the investigation, prosecutors said.

Utah authorities began investigating the company after one of Taylor's associates made several cash withdrawals from a St. George credit union that were just shy of a $10,000 federal reporting limit.

Lustyik moved to block that investigation, telling a Utah-based FBI agent that Taylor helped officials capture a significant terrorist. He believed his career in law enforcement was poised to provide a big payoff in 2012 when he offered $1 million as a gift to a friend, the charges state.

"I've made us all stinking rich!!!" Lustyik wrote the friend, according to an email included in charging documents. "For 30 years I've sacrificed to get to this point."

Lustyik, who retired in 2012 from his post in White Plains, New York, is also facing sentencing in New York after pleading guilty to charges alleging that he and Thaler sold confidential information to someone who wanted to harm a prominent citizen of Bangladesh.


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Argentina warns US to cooperate in heightened search for fugitive spy chief

President Cristina Fernández said US must be ‘protecting’ Antonio Stiuso, who reportedly fled to Miami soon after star prosecutor’s mysterious killing
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Argentina’s government has stepped up efforts to track down a fugitive former spymaster who is reported to be in hiding in Miami, warning the US that it is putting its relationship with the South American country at risk.

Antonio Stiuso, a former operations chief of the now-disbanded intelligence secretariat, fled Argentina following the death in January of star prosecutor Alberto Nisman, a still-unsolved mystery which triggered a political earthquake.

Nisman was found shot dead in his bathroom on 18 January, days after accusing president Cristina Fernández of conspiring to cover up alleged Iranian involvement in a 1994 bomb attack on a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.
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Fernández has claimed that Nisman’s death may have been stage-managed by Stiuso in order to incriminate her and destabilize her government. Stiuso’s exact whereabouts have been unknown since shortly after he testified at the judicial inquiry into Nisman’s death. Media reports have alleged that he is in Miami.

On Wednesday, Argentina’s cabinet chief of staff, Anibal Fernández, said that the US had failed to respond to eight formal requests for details on the missing spy chief’s whereabouts.
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“We ask ourselves sometimes: ‘Is the United States ready to allow the bilateral relations between it and Argentina to worsen for a man they all say has no importance, no strategic value for the United States?’” he told reporters.

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October 1, 2015
Julie Serna, Art Gonzales: ‘Dateline’ Airs Case Of Ex-FBI Agent Who Killed Wife In Fatal Shooting In Virginia

Julie Serna Gonzales, the mother-of-two who was shot and killed by her estranged husband, former FBI agent Art Gonzales, will be the next interesting story to make the cut for Dateline NBC. This latest episode entitled, “The Agent’s Wife,” will look into the terrifying events that led to the fatal shooting death of the former Las Cruces, New Mexico, mother-of-two. Dateline NBC has been following the case for years and has watched closely as new details have emerged. The Art Gonzales case has been in the news since April, 2013, and has gone through three trials.
Julie Serna Gonzales in happier times with her two sons.
Julie Serna Gonzales in happier times with her two sons. Photo Credit: Eric Olsen, Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney/Facebook

Police were dispatched to a home located at 59 Alderwood Drive in Virginia, where they found the body of a Hispanic woman lying dead on the kitchen floor. The home belonged to the victim’s estranged husband, Arthur Bernard Gonzales, a former FBI agent. Gonzales told law enforcement officials that he shot his wife in self defense after she came at him with a knife. To protect himself, he shot her with his.40-caliber Glock. The dead woman was identified as Julie Serna, aka Julie Serna Gonzales. Before the killing that day, Julie Serna had just finished having lunch with a friend.

In the infamous 911 call, Arthur Gonzales, casually told the operator that he had to shoot his wife because she attacked him. The 911 call was heavily criticized because the dispatcher was unable to get the correct spelling of the street name. The dispatch call also came in to the Las Cruces dispatch center, instead of the one in Virginia, according to the Las Cruces Sun News.
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An autopsy report concluded that the Julie Serna Gonzales had sustained four gunshot wounds to the chest. She was buried by her loving family a short time later. Family and friends took up donations in order to establish some sort of trust fund for the two sons that she left behind. A Facebook page has been created in her memory.

Julie Serna was described by people who knew her as a wonderful woman who loved her kids. She was also described as a woman who liked to smile and keep physically fit.

Arthur Gonzales has maintained that he did not plan to kill his wife but felt compelled to protect himself after she violently confronted him with a weapon in hand. Those who support Julie Serna Gonzales don’t buy his story.

Art and Julie Gonzalez were married for almost 20 years and had just bought the home in Virginia in 2010, before the tragic twist of events. Some believe that a jittery and stressed out Gonzalez reacted too quickly due to the pressures that were going on in his life at the time. Others say that he concocted a plan to murder his wife for his own benefits.

A short timeline of events makes the case a bit easier to understand.

On Friday, April 19, 2013, Julie finishes up lunch with a friend. She is later shot and killed in the home of her estranged husband. In May, 2013, Art Gonzales is finally arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Julie Serna. In October, 2013, he is supposed to head for trial, but the case is postponed. In March, 2014, Arthur B. Gonzales’ first trial begins.

Many community members believed that Art Gonzales was receiving special treatment because of his work as a former FBI agent, stating that upon his arrest the same judge had issued a bond amount that was several hundred thousand dollars less than other criminals that had court dates around the same time. Some also believed that there was a cover-up surrounding the case. These are some of the theories that Dateline NBC will be examining tonight.

Don’t miss Dateline NBC’s latest true-crime case on Friday at 10/9 central on NBC. After the show, sound off below to state your opinion about whether Art Gonzales killed his wife, Julie Serna, in self

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FBI agent involved in 2013 shooting transferred to different division


The FBI said Wednesday that an agent who fatally shot a man in New Orleans East more than two years ago remains employed by the bureau but has been transferred to a different division.

Agent John Sablatura requested to be transferred “for reasons unrelated to” the July 2013 fatal shooting of Allen Desdunes, said Craig Betbeze, a spokesman for the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office. “He remains an FBI employee in good standing,” Betbeze said.

While he has not faced criminal charges, Sablatura has been sued for wrongful death in Desdunes’ shooting. Desdunes’ family claims the agent fatally shot Desdunes at close range without provocation during a drug investigation.

The FBI has declined to comment on the shooting. A federal magistrate ordered the name of the agent to be made public earlier this week.

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FBI agent involved in 2013 shooting transferred to different division


The FBI said Wednesday that an agent who fatally shot a man in New Orleans East more than two years ago remains employed by the bureau but has been transferred to a different division.

Agent John Sablatura requested to be transferred “for reasons unrelated to” the July 2013 fatal shooting of Allen Desdunes, said Craig Betbeze, a spokesman for the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office. “He remains an FBI employee in good standing,” Betbeze said.

While he has not faced criminal charges, Sablatura has been sued for wrongful death in Desdunes’ shooting. Desdunes’ family claims the agent fatally shot Desdunes at close range without provocation during a drug investigation.

The FBI has declined to comment on the shooting. A federal magistrate ordered the name of the agent to be made public earlier this week.

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FBI agent gets no jail time after having sex with his 3 daughters
since they were 2 years old

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Man goes to prison for sharing porn of kids as young as 2 years old
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A man from Springfield received a six-year federal prison sentence without chance of parole on Thursday for receiving and distributing child


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Friday May 18, 1990
EDWARD RODGERS, the ex-FBI agent who lost a $2.3 million judgment in Denver district court this week, must have been astonished when two of his grown-up daughters sued him for molesting them as children.

Thursday, May 17, 1990
Sisters claiming abuse win $2.3 million Lawsuit was act of love, women say. Two believe family now can face reality

Monday, May 28, 1990
Giving the gift of going public
FOR YEARS, EDWARD RODGERS of Denver was a national specialist on child abuse. A lawyer, FBI agent and former child abuse investigator for the Denver district attorney’s office, he was instrumental in developing incest and child abuse statues. He went on the lecture circuit. he sat on various panels about child abuse. He wrote articles about abusers for various journals.

Friday May 18, 1990
Daughters win sex-abuse case against father
In a precedent-setting case, a Belmont woman this week won a multimillion-dollar jury award against her father for sexual and physical abuse. In an interview yesterday, she said she filed the suit because she wanted to let a "little girl" from beverly know that not everyone gets away with child abuse.

THE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse
Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

Sunday, March 26, 1989
Ruling in Beverly assault case leaves scars
BEVERLY - The case seemed straightforward. Michael R. Ferguson, a 41-year-old former shop teacher, had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his neighbor’s daughter on two occasions last year when she had spent the night at his house with his daughter.


Sunday. March 2, 1997
Sharon Simone and her sister were awarded $2.3 million (with interest) by a Denver jury for sexual abuse committed by their father. It took an act of Congress to garnishee their father’s federal pension. Abuse victims found justice in court. Dad’s federal pension open to garnishment after new law in 1994

March 28, 1989
(Two days following "Ruling in Beverly assault case leaves scars"
Man, 23, is jailed for mailbox blast
A federal judge sentenced a 23-year-old Framingham man to 29 months in jail for illegally transporting explosives and using them to blow up a newspaper vending machine in Needham last summer. Jonathan Tefft will serve the sentence concurrently with a state sentence he is now serving. Tefft was also sentenced to two years of supervised release yesterday by US District Judge Walter J. Skinner, who called him ‘not a terrorist,’ but a person with ‘some level of personal problems." Tefft was indicted in August on the charges.
THE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire Final Edition
May 21, 1990
Adults suing parents for abuse
In Denver and elsewhere, child victims put an end to years of silence
WASHINGTON - When a Denver jury last week awarded two middle-aged sisters $2.3 million to compensate for years of physical and sexual abuse by their father, the case made front-page news.

The story underscored a changing fact of life: Until recently, relatively few adults have taken legal action against parents who abused them as children.


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November 18 2015
Portland man pleads guilty to embezzling $400,000 from police credit union

John C. Barry, 69, who managed the credit union, could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.


The former bank manager of the Portland Police Federal Credit Union, who was also a former police officer, faces up to 30 years in prison for embezzling more than $400,000.

John C. Barry, 69, of Portland, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Nancy Torresen in U.S. District Court in Portland to charges of embezzlement and making false entries in credit union records.

Barry was the manager of the small credit union, which had more than 900 members, including employees of the police department and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office among its membership.

Between 2009 and 2013, Barry transferred more than $400,000 into his and family members’ accounts for their personal use, according to court records. At the same time, Barry filed reports with regulators that showed the credit union was in better financial health than it actually was. The case was investigated by the FBI.

Barry is the second former credit union manager to plead guilty in connection with the theft.

William J. Murphy, 75, of Gray, the credit union’s chief financial officer, pleaded guilty in October to making false entries in the credit union records.

Court records in both men’s case state that Murphy was interviewed by a federal agent in May as the FBI built its case against them.

Murphy told the agents that he falsified banking records because he knew that if the credit union’s calculations of assets to debits put its net worth ratio under 4 percent, the National Credit Union Administration would shut it down, Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Clark wrote in nearly identical prosecution documents in both Murphy’s and Barry’s case files.

“At some point, the (Murphy) told the (Barry) that the PPDFCU’s net worth was at 4 percent. In an effort to increase the net worth, the manager moved money out of certain members’ accounts at the end of the month and moved the money back at the beginning of the next month,” Clark wrote. “(Murphy) knew that he was submitting false information to the NCUA in the call reports, but was doing it to keep the PPDFCU afloat. He also knew that the call reports were submitted under oath, and said: ‘we all make mistakes.'”

The National Credit Union Administration discovered suspicious activity in November 2013 during an annual audit, court records say.

The audit revealed that from July 1, 2009, to Nov. 26, 2013, the credit union’s manager embezzled more than $400,000, Clark wrote.

Barry was allowed to remain free on his own recognizance, Clark said in a phone conversation on Wednesday. Conditions of Barry’s release included that he surrender his passport and not obtain any new international travel documents.

Barry’s attorneys, Neale Duffett and Mark Dion, did not immediately respond to messages left on each of their phones.

Clark declined to say whether anyone else faces charges as a result of the investigation.

Like Barry, Murphy was also allowed to remain free while the case against him remains pending.

Both men face up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and fines for as much as $1 million each.

As a result of Barry’s and Murphy’s actions, the National Credit Union Administration on Dec. 1, 2014, helped the much larger TruChoice Federal Credit Union acquire the Portland Police Department Federal Credit Union, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a written statement.

John Murphy, president of the Maine Credit Union League, said in October that although he is not familiar with the specifics of the alleged acts at the police credit union, members did not lose their funds bec

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Border Patrol Agent Arrested for Allegedly Possessing 110 Pounds of Cocaine

A 14-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol has been arrested in Southern Arizona on allegations that he was in possession of 110 pounds of cocaine that he had planned to drive to Chicago, The Tucson Sentinel reports.

Agent Juan Pimental, 47, was jailed without bail on a felony charge of poss

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Accused Fairview Twp. cop being released on house arrest, must turn in guns


December 22 2015

A Fairview Township police officer charged federally for allegedly stealing money from drug traffickers is being released from prison and will be placed on house arrest.

Officer Tyson Baker has been in federal custody at Dauphin County Prison since Friday, according to officials.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson on Monday signed an order releasing Baker on electronically monitored house arrest, according to court records.

Carlson also issued an order Monday giving the U.S. Attorney's Office 30 days to present its case to a grand jury, to see if the grand jury returns an indictment, according to the order.

Dawn Mayko, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg, said she expects the grand jury to make a decision quickly, perhaps in a day or two.

Baker, 41, of Corn Hill Road in the township, is charged with robbery, destruction or removal of property to prevent seizure and making false reports to federal law enforcement

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