` Larry Gillette Serving a Sentence for Identity Theft Planned to Blow-Up Walmart to Cover-Up Bank Robberies ‘

#AceFinanceNews – UNITED STATES – May 04 – According to federal agents, 53-year-old Larry Gillette, who was serving a sentence for identity theft, told several inmates that he planned to blow up a Walmart and two gas stations as a diversion for three bank robberies once he left prison.

An anonymous federal law enforcement source speaking to reporters from Kiro Radio also stated that Gillette had plans to blow up Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, although the FBI has yet to comment on the claims.

Upon his release, Gillette unknowingly met with an undercover officer and received four inoperable pistols as well as a defective car bomb. Reports state that Gillette met with the officer a second time on April 28 and attempted to detonate the bomb before being arrested by the FBI.

“This certainly had the potential to be very devastating and dangerous and he was certainly the driving force,” Asst. U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Backhus told Komo 4 News last Thursday.

“The FBI was in charge of the situation the entire time. There was no threat to the public that we believe of because they were in charge of the situation but certainly, potentially, there was a great chance for loss of life.”

Less than a week later, Gillette would be found dead in his cell at the Seatac Federal Detention Centre.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons announced the death the following day, saying hospital workers were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive Gillette from a suspected suicide.

Kiro Radio – Story Leak – Komo 4 News – New York Times

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“ Russian Subsidiary of US-Based `Hewlett Packard Admits Giving Bribes to Russian Officials for Contract ‘

#AceFinanceNews – WASHINGTON – April 10 – The Russian subsidiary of US-based Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) has admitted its guilt on charges of US authorities of giving bribes to Russian officials in order to secure a beneficial state contract.

This was reported by the US Department of Justice, which investigated this case together with the FBI, California Prosecutor’s Office and US Internal Revenue System.

According to the documents presented to California’s northern district court, the Hewlett-Packard (A.O. CJSC) , registered in Russia, has violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Similar charges are brought against the sub-divisions of the US-based company in Poland and Mexico. According to the estimates of the US Department of Justice, Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiaries will have to pay fines in the overall amount of $108 million.

Bribes given by the company to Russian officials and transferred to banking accounts of front companies related to these officials are also estimated at millions of dollars. This was made in order to secure a state contract for office automation and providing computing equipment to one of the Russian federal institutions in 1999 at the amount of $100 million.

In addition, Hewlett-Packard employees expected that after the first contract, there would be additional agreements amounting to $150 million.

“Hewlett-Packard subsidiaries created a slush fund for bribe payments, set up an intricate web of shell companies and bank accounts to launder money, employed two sets of books to track bribe recipients, and used anonymous e-mail accounts and prepaid mobile telephones to arrange covert meetings to hand over bags of cash,” stated Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz.

Meanwhile, Valerie Parlave of the FBI’s Washington Field Office said that attaches for legal issues in US embassies in Moscow, Warsaw, Mexico City and Berlin participated in the investigation of these cases.

Russian and US News Sources

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` Ukrainian Firtash has been `Indicted ' with ` $185 Million Bribery Charge ' over `Access ' to ` Titanium Mines ' in India '

#AceFinanceNews – WASHINGTON – April 03 – Dmitry Firtash, one of the most influential Ukrainian oligarchs, was charged with bribing Indian officials to gain access to titanium mines in India, the U.S. Justice Department said in a press release on Wednesday http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/April/14-crm-333.html

Six people Firtash, a Hungarian entrepreneur, another Ukrainian citizen, an Indian politician and two businessmen from India and Sri Lanka are under investigation. U.S. prosecutors said that about 18.5 million dlrs had been handed over to Indian officials since 2006 to secure rights to mine titanium in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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The mining project was expected to generate 500 mln dlrs annually from the sale of titanium, including to a company based in Chicago.

Prosecutors said Firtash had negotiated with Indian officials and ordered to pay them in exchange for preferences to secure mining licenses, and documents were falsified, on his instructions, for the money transfer.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI in Chicago.

On March 21, Firtash was released in Vienna on a 125-Million euro bail from custody. He was held there after he was detained at the request of U.S. law enforcement authorities #ANS2014 http://wp.me/pzTwj-2FR

As was noted in the United States, Firtash was a major player in the sale of Russian gas to Ukraine.

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` Ukrainian Oligarch `Dmitry Firtash ‘ Arrested in Vienna – Reports

#AceFinanceNews – Austria has arrested one of Ukraine’s richest men, Dmitry Firtash, at the request of the US, which has been investigating him since 2006, Reuters reported, citing government sources.

The Federal Crime Agency on Thursday identified the suspect only as Dmitry F., 48, but government sources said it was Firtash.

“Based on years of investigations by the US FBI and an arrest warrant issued by a US federal district court, Vienna prosecutors issued a national order to detain the businessman,” the agency said.

He was suspected of bribery and forming a criminal organization in the course of foreign business deals.

There was no immediate confirmation from the FBI or US Justice Department.

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