Tracking where Russia is taking Ukraine’s stolen grain – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/61790625

Russian forces have been
repeatedly accused of stealing grain from Ukrainian farmers in occupied
areas as well as other crops such as sunflower seeds, along with
fertiliser and agricultural equipment. The BBC has spoken to farmers,
analysed satellite images and followed tracking data to look for
evidence of where stolen grain is going…

FBI Invites Public In On Its Forfeiture Racket, Promises Them A Cut Of The Take | Aletho News

https://alethonews.com/2022/03/21/fbi-invites-public-in-on-its-forfeiture-racket-promises-them-a-cut-of-the-take/

By Tim Cushing – techdirt – March 16, 2022

There aren’t many ways to make something as objectively awful as civil asset forfeiture worse, but the FBI has found a way to do it. As it stands now, forfeiture allows law enforcement to take cash and property from people under the (unproven) theory that it was illegally obtained. The rest of the process does nothing to prove the theory. The burden of proof is often shifted to people who had their stuff taken by law enforcement and the process of seeking the return of property is so expensive and counterintuitive, most people just take the L and move on.

The FBI wants to make asset forfeiture even shittier. It’s rolling out what appears to be a pilot program in Charlotte, North Carolina — supposedly a major hub on the East Coast drug distribution chain. Behold these (also unproven) claims the FBI has deployed to justify its new forfeiture ride-along program.

The FBI Charlotte Field Office is offering cash rewards for tips that help agents intercept drug trafficking shipments through Charlotte. With multiple interstates running directly through the Queen City, the route is appealing to traffickers who deliver their products and transfer the cash proceeds up and down the East Coast. While law enforcement agencies are effective at intercepting many of the shipments, the FBI recognizes the value the public can offer to our investigations.

Did you get that? Multiple interstates leading to a large city is all the “evidence” the FBI needs to call literally any city with a network of accessible roads a hotspot for drug trafficking activity. Everything is a hub and every road is an artery. That’s how the interstate highway system works. And because it works, every road must be a drug trafficking route and every city must be simultaneously a source for drug distributors and the home to thousands of drug customers.

All of North Carolina is suspect, according to the FBI. To clean up this southeastern drug paradise, the FBI is asking the public to contribute to its government theft program.

If a drug/cash shipment is successfully seized, the tipster could receive up to 25% of the seized money. FBI Charlotte will use the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program to pay tipsters. Currently, the new program is only active in the Charlotte metro area with plans to expand across North Carolina in the future.

The FBI has set up an SMS accessible tip line in addition to its normal field office phone numbers. Tipsters who know where some drug cash might be found can directly profit from providing information that points agents in the direction of seizable property.

Unlike other tip lines with reward offers like CrimeStoppers, there’s no need to wait around to see if the tip results in arrests or convictions. The civil asset forfeiture process doesn’t require arrests and convictions, only nebulous accusations about the cash itself, which is named as the “defendant” in forfeiture proceedings as though it committed criminal acts all by itself.

And while it might be tempting to flood the tip line with bogus reports, keep in mind making false statements to federal agents is a federal crime, one that can lead to real, in-fucking-federal-prison sentences. It isn’t like filling out a false police report, which may lead to little more than a few months of probation and local cops treating future reports as highly suspect. Federal crimes are no joke and the FBI loves to catch people lying because it allows the DOJ to add to its prosecutorial wins even when agents are unable to find evidence of any actual criminal activity.

The hard rule (DON’T!) about talking to federal agents without a lawyer present applies here as well. Think about it. You provide a tip, thinking you’re doing a good deed by sending agents to seize the ill-gotten gains of an alleged criminal enterprise. But if any entity is capable of ensuring no good deed goes unpunished, it’s the FBI.

Agents may decide the submitted tip indicates the tipster is involved in drug trafficking or, at the very least, may be able to provide even more tips on criminal activity. This may lead to some in-person “interviews” with agents who — as noted above — can always accuse a tipster of lying if they believe they’re not being fully honest about their relationship to the seized cash or the people who formerly possessed it. They may also attempt to pressure a tipster into becoming a federal snitch and make their lives miserable if they refuse to play ball.

No good can come of this. No good comes from civil asset forfeiture and this invitation for the public to skim the federal government’s take makes it much, much worse. If the FBI’s going to be this stupid, it’s time for federal lawmakers to take this abusable revenue stream away from it by requiring forfeitures to be tied to convictions.

FBI Agents Steal $86 Million Dollars From 800 Random People In Private Vault Heist | VikingLifeBlog

https://vikinglifeblog.wordpress.com/2021/09/21/fbi-agents-steal-86-million-dollars-from-800-random-people-in-private-vault-heist/

The FBI is facing yet another controversy over what court documents is the theft of the life’s savings of 800 random people at the U.S. Private Vaults safety deposit box storage in Beverly Hills .

Federal agents raided U.S. Private Vaults and asserted in court last February that the business was a front for laundered drug money. Six months later, nobody has been charged and the US Attorney prosecuting the case has not provided any updates.

Cryptocurrency heist hacker returns $260m in funds – BBC News

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58180692

… at 18:28 BST on Wednesday, Poly Network said it had received $260m.

Poly Network posted on Twitter that it had been sent digital tokens relating to three crypto-currencies, including $3.3m worth of Ethereum, $256m worth of
Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and $1m worth of Polygon…

Hackers steal over $600 MILLION in one of the biggest crypto heists ever — RT Business News

https://www.rt.com/business/531719-hackers-rob-cryptocurrency-exchange/

Some $611 million worth of crypto assets have been stolen by
cybercriminals using the multinational blockchain platform Poly Network.
We’re sorry to report that #PolyNetwork was attacked on @BinanceChain, @ethereum and @0xPolygon,” the platform said on Twitter, identifying three addresses where stolen assets were transferred.

A
total of 9,468 in various crypto tokens valued at approximately $611
million were drained from the platform, including hundreds of millions
of dollars worth of Ethereum and Binance coins.

Poly Network urged cryptocurrency exchanges to “blacklist tokens
coming from the addresses linked to the hackers. Also, it launched a
preliminary internal investigation that found a vulnerability between
the platform’s contract calls, which may have given cybercriminals a way
to steal the funds.

Former Police Officer Recounts Witnessing “Industrialized” Organ Harvesting In China

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/07/03/former-police-officer-recounts-witnessing-industrialized-organ-harvesting-in-china/
Former Police Officer Recounts Witnessing “Industrialized” Organ Harvesting In China Authored by Eva Fu via The Epoch Times, At the sound of gunshots, prisoners fell lifeless to the ground. Their bodies, still warm, were carried to a nearby white van where two white-clad doctors awaited. Behind closed doors, they were cut open, the organs carved…

California May Extend Eviction Moratorium Past June, Make Landlords Whole

Comment by tonytran2015: Why didn’t the state government just simply pay the rents directly to landlords on behalf of the tenants? Landlords are not the piggy bank of the state.

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/06/21/california-may-extend-eviction-moratorium-past-june-make-landlords-whole/
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says the state will make landlords whole whose tenants have accumulated past-due rent amid the pandemic – despite the fact that the state has only distributed just $32 million of the $490 million in requests for rental assistance through May…

Tom Girardi sued by Indonesia’s Lion air crash families over claims US lawyer embezzled millions of their settlement funds – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-05/claims-us-lawyer-embezzled-millions-from-indonesian-client-funds/100181262

….Court records show that Boeing forwarded millions of dollars in settlements for the four families in March 2020 and wired the money directly to a Girardi Keese trust account….