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October 26, 1989 | By Robert J. Terry and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
Joseph "JoJo" Rhone, a reputed member of the old Black Mafia who jumped bail in 1976 while awaiting trial on a murder charge and had been on the lam ever since, was arrested yesterday in South Philadelphia, police said. At 3:35 a.m., FBI agents and Philadelphia police found Rhone asleep on a sofa in a house in the 2000 block of Watkins Street - just a half-block from his old address on 20th Street, police said. Rhone did not resist arrest, police said, adding that a loaded gun was found in the house.
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November 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES - A murder suspect on the FBI's most wanted list gained weight and switched identities to evade authorities for 14 years, but his notoriety and a $100,000 reward finally led to his capture, the agency said Monday. Jose "Joe" Luis Saenz was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Thursday on suspicion of four murders and remained jailed in Southern California, the FBI said. Saenz, 37, a former East Los Angeles gang member who once went by the nicknames "Peanut Joe" and "Zapp," had been a fugitive since being suspected of two Los Angeles killings in 1998.
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January 21, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Michael S. Wirtz
In appreciation for the return of a rare Civil War flag that had been stolen, a group of African American soldiers yesterday presented the FBI with a miniature buffalo soldier. Authorities last week recovered the battle flag of the 12th Regiment Corps d'Afrique, whose members included many former slaves. The flag, one of only five known to have survived from black Civil War units, was stolen in the mid-1970s.
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March 5, 1987
The conventional wisdom is that CIA director-designate William H. Webster is a pro who not only knows the intelligence game from his nearly completed tenure as FBI chief, but who also can be trusted to keep the CIA honest. He came to the FBI when it was in trouble nine years ago, restoring the credibility it had squandered dogging political dissidents and noisy civil rights advocates. There's no reason to think he won't bring sensible restraint to a post-Casey CIA, as well, although getting firm control over the agency's well-entrenched bureaucracy won't be easy.
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July 26, 2001 | By Lenny Savino and Roxanne Stites INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The FBI will be asking the questions when Rep. Gary A. Condit (D., Calif.) is next interviewed about Chandra Levy, the missing intern with whom he reportedly had an affair, law enforcement officials close to the case said yesterday. The FBI yesterday also renewed the questioning of residents of the apartment building from which Levy disappeared May 1, reported a resident who asked not to be identified. Washington's Metropolitan Police Department questioned the residents earlier.
NEWS
June 17, 1988
In 1980, the FBI and Frank Varelli, a former Salvadoran evangelist, found each other in Dallas. Exactly who ended up using whom is hard to figure. But what the combination spawned is clear: It got the FBI back into the bad old business of spying on law-abiding citizens who happened to disagree with their government. Mr. Varelli supplied - concocted, he says now - information that peace groups protesting U.S. policy in Central America were part of a terrorist network whose reach extended to members of Congress, liberal Roman Catholic bishops and a former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2005 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The FBI is investigating the collapse of a Bucks County equipment-leasing firm in 2003 amid charges of accounting irregularities. U.S. District Judge Legrome Davis suspended civil lawsuits against former officers and directors of DVI Inc. for 120 days on May 31 "pending completion of the ongoing investigation" by the Justice Department. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia had asked for the stay so the FBI could interview principals in the case before they were questioned under oath in the civil cases, an FBI spokeswoman said.
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April 17, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
Not long after Dawn Segal parlayed a high ballot position into a Philadelphia judgeship, a corrupt colleague pulled her into the middle of an FBI investigation. "I got something in front of you at one o'clock today," Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. told Segal in a telephone conversation in 2011, as he asked her to give favorable treatment to a politically connected defendant appearing before her in a minor lawsuit. "Oh, OK. OK," Segal said, unaware that federal agents had secretly recorded that conversation - and others in which Waters asked for favors in cases.
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December 17, 1996 | by Scott Flander, Daily News Staff Writer
Vernon Dunn, wanted by the FBI for his alleged part in a $3 million cocaine ring, was standing by a car in an East Falls gas station Sunday night when three gunman walked up from behind and started blasting away. Three of the bullets apparently hit Dunn, and another struck the hand of a 14-year-old girl sitting in the car. A 1-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl, also in the car, weren't hit. Dunn, 28, jumped into the car and sped away, and yesterday police and the FBI were asking the public's help in finding him. Philadelphia Police Detective Jim Coughlin gave this account: Shortly before 10 p.m., Dunn was standing next to the car at the gas station at Fox and Abbottsford streets.
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July 16, 2004 | By Emilie Lounsberry INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Missing files. Improperly notarized documents. Applications whisked through with dispatch - for those with political juice. Such were some of the problems at Philadelphia's Minority Business Enterprise Council, according to an audit released yesterday by City Controller Jonathan A. Saidel. The report comes as the minority council has emerged as an area of interest to the FBI in the ongoing investigation into possible corruption in city government. In a raid at the agency last October, the FBI seized some files and left behind a subpoena seeking other information about city contracts.
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April 23, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
An Allentown political consultant whose cooperation with the FBI fueled one of the state's most significant municipal corruption probes resurfaced Thursday for the first time in months, this time to admit his own role in the scandal. Appearing in federal court in Philadelphia, Michael Fleck, 40, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiracy to commit extortion and bribery, charges tied to a wide-ranging pay-to-play investigation that has roiled city halls in Allentown and Reading, has implicated mayors in both cities, and led to the collapse last year of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's U.S. Senate bid. Fleck's plea came nine months after he abruptly shuttered his political consulting business and packed up his Allentown home, when word leaked he had worn an FBI wire to catch his clients shaking down government contractors for political donations.
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April 17, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, Staff Writer
Not long after Dawn Segal parlayed a high ballot position into a Philadelphia judgeship, a corrupt colleague pulled her into the middle of an FBI investigation. "I got something in front of you at one o'clock today," Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. told Segal in a telephone conversation in 2011, as he asked her to give favorable treatment to a politically connected defendant appearing before her in a minor lawsuit. "Oh, OK. OK," Segal said, unaware that federal agents had secretly recorded that conversation - and others in which Waters asked for favors in cases.
NEWS
April 16, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Democratic committee members in Center City's Eighth Ward are being asked to sign declarations that they were "not offered anything of pecuniary value" to select State Sen. Larry Farnese as their leader. The reason: FBI agents are asking questions. The apparent cause of the investigation? Farnese spent $6,000 from his campaign account five months before the 2011 ward election to pay for a committeewoman's daughter's college semester abroad. Three people connected to the ward election confirmed that they had been questioned by FBI agents.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, STAFF WRITER
Update 1:45 p.m.:  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a case looking into the failure of six local credit unions in Bensalem – all of which were headed by the same chief executive, a woman by the name of Joni Brown, according to law enforcement sources. Local FBI officials wouldn't confirm or deny the existence of an investigation, and whether the offices had been shut down. Ms. Brown couldn't be reached for comment at the main number for all six credit unions.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Those pesky cyber-criminals are targeting us where it hurts: on the job. Hackers now pose as our bosses or supervisors, law enforcement officials say - asking us to send emails with sensitive W-2 tax returns or payroll information and employee Social Security numbers. Main Line Health was just the latest victim, according to Brian Thomas, supervisor from the IRS criminal investigations branch, and Benjamin Stone, who leads the new cyber criminal squad for the FBI's Philadelphia office.
NEWS
March 31, 2016
FBI seeks help catching robber The FBI/Philadelphia Police Joint Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking help in identifying a man suspected of robbing at least three Center City banks in the last year. The stickups happened July 27 at the Beneficial Bank, 1600 Chestnut St.; Oct. 7 at the Republic Bank, 1601 Walnut St.; and March 18 at the Firstrust Bank, 1515 Market St. Officials said that in each robbery the bandit wore a baseball cap and sunglasses, passed a demand note to a teller, and fled on foot after getting the money.
NEWS
March 31, 2016
NJ Transit police officers were targeted by hackers associated with the ISIS terror group who encouraged supporters to carry out "lone wolf" attacks on the officers, the agency confirmed. Caliphate Cyber Army, formerly known as the Islamic Cyber Army, recently posted personal details about 55 transit officers, SITE Intel Group, which monitors Jihadist cyber activity, reported earlier this month. Philly.com inquired about the SITE Intel report then, but NJ Transit did not reply until Newsweek published a story about the incident on Tuesday.
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March 11, 2016
A Montgomery County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges stemming from threats he made against an FBI agent's family. Michael Anthony Nohl, 20, of Oaks, admitted he called the agent's house in Chester County, and threatened to kill him and kidnap his wife and daughter. According to court filings, Nohl also threatened to use an explosive device against the family. Investigators said that Nohl had no known connection to the specific agent he targeted but had intended to threaten an FBI employee.
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March 6, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal judge on Friday shot down U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's attempts to make FBI leaks revealed in his son's fraud case last year an issue in his own corruption trial. District Judge Harvey Bartle III denied the congressman's request to hold a contempt of court hearing for Richard J. Haag, the lead FBI investigator in both cases, who has admitted that he tipped off an Inquirer reporter in 2012 to raids on Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr.'s Ritz-Carlton condo and Logan Square office. In his opinion, Bartle noted that he had seen no evidence that Haag or anyone else had released any grand jury material tied to the elder Fattah's racketeering conspiracy case.
NEWS
February 29, 2016
Contemplating the powerful computers many of us carry around in our pockets these days can be confusing, especially to the law enforcement officials who keep coming to the conclusion that they should have unprecedented access to everything on them. Given the complex technology at hand and the government's efforts to defeat it with a statute dating to the 18th century, perhaps the FBI's standoff with Apple over smartphone security can be clarified by an analogy also set in low-tech early America.
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