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Feds Probe Virginia Gov. for a Year Without Him Knowing

Terry McAuliffe investigated over campaign donations

(Newser) - Not only are the FBI and Justice Dept. investigating Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe—they've been doing so for at least a year without him knowing, CNN reports. The investigation is at least partly trying to determine whether the Democrat received illegal donations during his 2013 gubernatorial campaign, officials say.... More »

Feds Prod Theranos in Criminal Probe

SEC, DoJ now involved in investigations into blood-testing company

(Newser) - A success story gone sour has taken a new turn for Theranos and founder Elizabeth Holmes, with the SEC and the US attorney's office for the Northern District of California now conducting criminal investigations to determine whether the blood-testing company misled investors and others about its technologies, CNNMoney reports.... More »

Feds to Probe Chicago Police

The Justice Department gets involved

(Newser) - The Justice Department is expected to announce this week a civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department similar to probes of police departments in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. The decision to investigate was confirmed to the AP by a person familiar with the decision who wasn't authorized to... More »

Chris Christie Faces New Criminal Investigation

Former prosecutor says he was fired unfairly

(Newser) - Chris Christie's administration is under investigation yet again, this time for allegedly quashing indictments against three of his political supporters, ABC News reports. A couple years back in New Jersey, former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn claimed he was fired for objecting when Christie officials canned indictments against... More »

Feds Probe NY Political Boss's Extra Income

Sheldon Silver's connection to law firm is a little murky

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors are probing New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's wallet, which they say is padded with a little more cash than can be easily explained, the New York Times reports. Authorities say Silver received "substantial payments" from tax certiorari firm Goldberg & Iryami PC for a... More »

Inmate Writes 'Chilling' Letter, Ends Up Dead

Latandra Ellington was 7 months from being released

(Newser) - The family of a Florida prison inmate who died after writing a "chilling letter" about life behind bars is seeking a federal investigation into her death, the Miami Herald reports. On Sept. 21, Latandra Ellington wrote her aunt about prison officer "Sgt. Q" who, she says, threatened to... More »

Feds Digging Into Tesla Car Fires

Elon Musk: There's 'no safer car on the road'

(Newser) - Tesla is facing more scrutiny following three car fires in six weeks. First, investors launched a lawsuit; now, the government is getting involved, USA Today reports. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now investigating two of the fires, both of which occurred after Model S undercarriages hit debris on... More »

Menendez Facing Grand Jury Probe

Investigation centers on ties to Salomon Melgen

(Newser) - Sen. Robert Menendez is facing a federal grand jury probe amid continuing questions over his relationship with friend and donor Salomon Melgen, insiders tell the Washington Post . Interviews and records show the New Jersey Democrat pushed the Dominican government to follow through on a port security contract with Melgen; Menendez'... More »

Feds Hit Armstrong With Criminal Probe

Cyclist investigated for 'obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation'

(Newser) - Contrary to comments yesterday by a US attorney, federal agents are investigating Lance Armstrong for criminal activity, ABC News reports. "Agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation," says a source. US attorney Andre Birotte, who yesterday said feds wouldn't charge Armstrong, "does... More »

Obama Demands Probe Into Secret Service Scandal

Prostitute scandal steals Colombia thunder

(Newser) - The Summit of the Americas is over, but the prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents keeps on going, overshadowing what was supposed to be a chance to showcase Colombia to the international community, reports Reuters . "From nearly failed state to emerging global player—in less than a decade" is... More »

FBI Investigating MF Global's Missing Cash

Regulators take an interest as lost money now totals $900M

(Newser) - For some mysterious reason (hint, it’s the missing $700 million ), the FBI and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are taking a keen interest in MF Global’s collapse. The Bureau is investigating to see if client funds are intact, sources tell the Wall Street Journal , and the CFTC... More »

Federal Investigation Could Redefine 'Insider Trading'

Prosecutors survey legal 'gray area' in landmark probe

(Newser) - Insider trading just isn’t what it used to be. As the feds mount a massive probe into the practice, its definition is becoming murkier: Where insider-traders of old simply whispered secret tips over the phone, today a wide range of data-gathering practices may be legally questionable, the AP reports.... More »

ACLU Clamoring for Criminal Probe of Bush

Slam ex-prez over authorizing waterboarding

(Newser) - The ACLU and some US officials are calling for a criminal investigation of George W. Bush after he acknowledged directly authorizing the use of waterboarding ("damn right") in Decision Points and throughout his book tour, the Huffington Post reports. “The admission cannot be ignored,” wrote the... More »

Morgan Stanley Hit With Criminal Investigation

Prosecutors looking into mortgage deals

(Newser) - Looks like Goldman Sachs might have some company. Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into some of Morgan Stanley's mortgage derivative deals, the Wall Street Journal reports. Morgan Stanley created several mortgage-backed CDOs that it then bet against. Some it marketed itself, while others were sold by Citigroup and... More »

Ex-Blackwater Prez Hit With Federal Weapons Charges

Gary Jackson, 4 others allegedly stockpiled arms

(Newser) - The former president of Blackwater Worldwide and four other former officials at the embattled security firm were indicted today on federal weapons charges, partially the result of a raid 2 years ago by agents that rounded up 22 weapons, including AK-47s. The indictment charges Gary Jackson, who left the company... More »

Jihad Jane Pleads Not Guilty, Cooperates With Feds

Philadelphia woman will face trial in May

(Newser) - The Philadelphia-area woman who authorities say dubbed herself "Jihad Jane" online pleaded not guilty today in federal court to a four-count indictment charging her in an overseas terrorist plot. Colleen LaRose, 46, appeared in court wearing a green jumpsuit and corn rows in her blond hair. A May 3... More »

Feds Swarm Facebook for Leads, Under Cover

Documents show FBI friends suspects to mine information

(Newser) - Your next Facebook friend might well be a federal agent trying to bust you. That’s the gist of a Justice Department document obtained via the Freedom of Information Act by a privacy group. It reveals that FBI agents are mining social networks for info on suspects, ranging from alibi... More »

Feds Investigate Whether Hedge Funds Sank Euro

'Idea meeting' may constitute collusion

(Newser) - The Justice Department has begun an investigation into a group of hedge funds that may have colluded to short-sell the euro, driving down its value and driving up their profits. Justice sent a letter to SAC, Greenlight, and Soros—among others—the same day the Wall Street Journal reported that... More »

Abdulmutallab Now Cooperating With Feds

Authorities get 'useful, current' info from underwear bomber

(Newser) - The so-called “underwear bomber” is now cooperating with US authorities, who have acted upon the “useful, current” information Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has given them, sources tell Politico . Abdulmutallab is said to have clammed up when he was given his Miranda rights less than an hour into questioning after... More »

Father of Terror Suspect Zazi Indicted

Mohammed Zazi, 53, charged with lying to federal investigators

(Newser) - The father of indicted terror suspect Najibullah Zazi was himself indicted today in Denver, on charges he made false statements to authorities about terrorism. Among the specific allegations: Mohammed Zazi, 53, lied to the FBI when asked if he’d contacted someone about his 24-year-old son’s troubles. The charges... More »

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