FBI Agents Posing As Internet Repairmen At Las Vegas Hotel Use ‘Oceans 11′-Style Tactics To Try And Bust Illegal Gambling Ring
” More like a play from Ocean’s 11 than the standard operating guidebook for FBI undercover operations, agents tricked their way inside three luxury villas at Ceasars Palace, Las Vegas, to gather evidence to bust an illegal sports betting ring.
To get away with their incredible ruse, federal agents first turned off Internet access to the villas then impersonated repair technicians to gain entry to get around a warrant, according to defense lawyers challenging the practice.
Dramatic new video, filmed through the lapel camera carried by one of the undercover agent’s, shows the level of subterfuge that the FBI used to bust the soccer World Cup gambling ring in Sin City.
The video shows investigators devising code words to use while they were inside, a back-and-forth about the cover story for an agent, who adopted the name ‘Sam,’ which he had used ‘for other stuff’ in the past, and a brief exchange about how another investigator should dress for the role of a technical repair nerd.
‘ If you put on that shirt, you have to look the part. Go all the way,’ said Mike Wood, an outside technician working for Caesars, advising Nevada Gaming Control Board Agent Ricardo Lopez before Lopez headed to one of the suites the morning of July 4. An FBI agent, Mike Kung, accompanied him also undercover.
The AP obtained about 30 minutes of audio and video recordings of the covert reconnaissance.
The FBI employed the ruse against the recommendation of an assistant U.S. attorney, Kimberly Frayn, according to lawyers for four of eight men charged in the case.
Defense lawyer Thomas Goldstein, who is challenging evidence the government collected in what he described as an illegal search, said that was code to turn Internet access back on.”
More lawless tactics from American “law enforcement” , shades of the Secret Service in Nashville where they tried , unsuccessfully to get local law enforcement to fake a search warrant … Read the whole piece