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From @CrimeADay : 16 U.S.C §703 & 50 C.F.R. §20.133 make it a federal crime to hunt crows from an airplane, but you can hunt crows with a trained bird of prey

Companies Are Tracking Employees To Nab Traitors (Bloomberg) - Whether you call Edward Snowden a traitor or a whistle-blower, he earned one label about which there’s no debate: insider threat.  Guarding against such risks is an expanding niche in the security industry, with at least 20 companies marketing software tools for tracking and analyzing employee behavior. “The bad guys helped us,” says Idan Tendler, the founder and chief executive officer of Fortscale Security in San Francisco. “It started with Snowden, and people said, ‘Wow, if that happened in the NSA, it could happen to us.’ ”

Leon Cooperman's Hedge Fund Omega Receives Subpoena (DealBook) - Omega Advisors, the $9 billion hedge fund founded by the billionaire investor Leon G. Cooperman, has been subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States attorney’s office in New Jersey, according to a letter the hedge fund sent to investors.  Regulators are seeking information about the trading of specific securities, Mr. Cooperman wrote in the letter, which was sent on Tuesday and reviewed by DealBook. He added that the inquiries were “at a very early stage, and no one at Omega has been accused of any wrongdoing.”

FedEx Uses "Common Carrier" Defense Against DOJ Drug-Shipping Charges (WSJ) - FedEx Corp. filed a motion to dismiss Justice Department charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances related to its alleged role in transporting illegal prescription drugs, arguing that it is legally protected as a company that carries goods for the public.  The FedEx motion, filed in San Francisco district court on Wednesday, argues that as a common carrier, FedEx cannot reasonably be expected to police the millions of packages it carries each day that might potentially contain an illegal item. A common carrier is typically defined as a transportation company that is paid to take cargo indiscriminately and serves the general public, which can include railroads, trucking companies and airlines.

Missouri Woman Sentenced To 6 Years In Mortgage Fraud Case (KOMU) - A Kansas City-area woman who operated a real-estate business has been ordered to spend six years for her role in a $5 million mortgage fraud scheme. Forty-one-year-old Teresa Jean Whitten of Claycomo, Missouri, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City, Missouri. She was also ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution.  Whitten pleaded guilty in November to charges of wire fraud, money laundering and theft of government money.

Yonkers, NY Man Sentenced to 78 Months Prison For $36 million Cigarette Tax Scam (LOHud) - Cigarettes were a taxing addiction for Mohammed Alazzam. The ringleader of a scheme to distribute untaxed cigarettes in Westchester County was sentenced Wednesday to 78 months in prison and ordered to pay $36,195,000 in restitution, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced.  The sentencing in federal court in Manhattan ended a criminal run for Alazzam, 49, that included jumping bail and fleeing the country to Jordan before eventually surrendering to authorities.

Pharmacist Gets 3 Years For Drug $10 Million Drug Scam (NY Post) - A Nassau County pharmacist was sentenced Thursday to 36 months in prison for scamming $10 million from Medicaid, Medicare and New York State’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, authorities said.  Purna Chandra Aramalla, 67, of Port Washington, obtained pricey drugs, including HIV medication, from patients who were selling instead of taking them — then turned around and resold the pills second-hand to customers at his two pharmacies, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

DOJ Investigating U.S. Attorney In Wisconsin (JSOnline) - U.S. Attorney James Santelle is being investigated by the Department of Justice for possible misuse of his government-assigned credit card and a violation of a long-standing federal law banning federal employees from certain political activities, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has learned.  The probe, which sources said started more than a year ago after a routine audit of the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, revolves around whether the credit card was used to purchase items, such as food, that were not for official use. Santelle, like other federal prosecutors, has a credit card issued by the Justice Department that is restricted for work expenses.