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  Federal Criminal Defense Lawyerswww.McNabbAssociates.comMonday, November 28, 2011 Woman Charged with Alleged Hoax for MakingAnonymous Call to Airline Implicating Her FormerBoyfriend and His Companions in Terrorist Threat McNabb Associates, P.C. ( Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers  )  Submitted at 7:28 AM November 28, 2011 The Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) on November 23, 2011 released thefollowing:“A Temple City woman was taken intocustody this morning on charges that sheprovided false information suggesting thatFrench visitors, one of whom she hadbeen romantically involved, posed a threatto a plane they were scheduled to board atLAX, announced Steven Martinez,Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI inLos Angeles, and André Birotte Jr., theUnited States Attorney in Los Angeles.Lizet Sariol, 45, of Temple City, wascharged in a criminal complaint filed inU.S. District Court in Los Angeles withproviding false and misleadinginformation; specifically, fabricating aterrorist threat to United Airlines (UA) onSeptember 25th, 2011, a violation of Title18, U.S. Code, Section 1038.The complaint alleges that Sariolintentionally conveyed false andmisleading information to a customerservice representative at United Airlines(UA) when she made an anonymousphone call to the UA call center based inDetroit, Michigan. During the call, Sarioladvised that a woman and two men withwhom she was acquainted, as well as twoothers not further identified, posed a threatto a flight they were scheduled to boardlater that day. When questioned further bythe UA representative, Sariol advised thatshe received a threatening text message,ostensibly from one of the men, which ledher to believe that the group posed athreat. Sariol further advised that theindividuals were “foreigners” and that sheintended to alert officials at the airportabout the threat.The United Airlines representativeconsidered the information credible andUA took immediate action by contactinggovernment officials. Representativeswith the Transportation SecurityAdministration (TSA) confirmed theitineraries of the passengers identified bySariol for the flight in question, and aninvestigation into the terrorist threat wasinitiated by the FBI. When the UArepresentative was interviewed, headvised investigators that the call madehim “real nervous” and that the context inwhich the threat was conveyed by Sariolled him to believe that a bomb could be onthe plane.Prior to the flight’s departure, FBIinvestigators located the men whosenames Sariol provided upon their arrivalfor their scheduled flight at LAX. Themen explained they had been vacationingin the U.S. since July 2011 and that,during that time, one of them engaged in aromantic relationship with Sariol. Theman further explained that he ended therelationship with Sariol hours the nightbefore. The man told investigators that hebelieved Sariol incriminated him and hiscompanions because she was unhappyabout the relationship ending.Investigators determined that Sariol sent aseries of text messages telephonically andto the Facebook accounts of the menexpressing her displeasure with theiractions toward her, and advising of herintention to report them to lawenforcement for unspecified activity.Sariol implied that she reported the men tothe FBI and that she “hoped” they hadgood attorneys. Through her textmessages, Sariol suggested that her closeties with law enforcement would ensurethe men would be arrested and would notbe allowed to return to the U.S. In onemessage, Sariol texted the following,“Already called the airlines consideredyou all terrorists including annie,”according to the complaint.FBI investigators determined the travelersimplicated by Sariol did not pose a threatto the airline and subsequentlyinterviewed Sariol. During the interview,Sariol admitted to investigators that someof her messages may have been a mistake.Sariol acknowledged that her anonymousphone call to United Airlines was made inanger and was meant to sound suspicious,according to the complaint.Sariol surrendered to the FBI thismorning and appeared before a UnitedStates Magistrate in U.S. District Court inLos Angeles. Bond was set at $20,000.If convicted of the charge, Sariol faces astatutory maximum sentence of five yearsin federal prison.This investigation was conducted by theFederal Bureau of Investigation with theassistance of TSA and United Airlines.Sariol is being prosecuted by the UnitedStates Attorney’s Office.A criminal complaint contains allegationsthat a defendant has committed a crime.Every defendant is presumed innocentuntil and unless proven guilty.”————————————————————–Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates,P.C.’sFederal Criminal Defense AttorneysVideos: Federal Crimes – Be Careful Federal Crimes – Be Proactive Federal Crimes – Federal Indictment Federal Crimes – Detention Hearing————————————————————–To find additional federal criminal news,please readFederal Crimes Watch Daily.Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/ or report extensively on matters involvingFederal Criminal Defense, INTERPOLRed Notice Removal, InternationalExtradition and OFAC SDN SanctionsRemoval.The author of this blog is DouglasMcNabb. Please feel free to contact himdirectly atmcnabb@mcnabbassociates.comor at oneof the offices listed above.  2Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Enron case was much bigger than FBI agent firstthought McNabb Associates, P.C. ( Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers  )  Submitted at 9:30 AM November 28, 2011 The Houston Chronicle on November 27,2011 released the following:“By TOM FOWLER, HOUSTONCHRONICLEWhen Mike Anderson launched the FBI’sinvestigation of Enron’s collapse in earlyDecember 2001, he thought assigning acouple of agents to the case would be agood start.“I knew it was going to be a big case,”said Anderson, assistant special agent incharge of the white-collar crime group inHouston. “But I think I was a little naïveabout how big.”Within a few weeks, the investigation hadexploded into a national task force withdozens of agents, prosecutors and otherspecialists working on it from coast tocoast.“It was the biggest FBI investigation atthe time and remains one of the mostcomplex in the history of the bureau,”Anderson said.The investigation started off looking atthree areas: the LJM partnerships thatEnron Chief Financial Officer AndrewFastow created to help Enron move assetsoff the balance sheet; the way the energytrading business’s reserves were used tocover losses in other units; and possibleinsider trading.‘No smoking gun’Over time, new areas of interest poppedup as investigators dug deeper and morewitnesses came forward to talk, Andersonsaid. But it was never simple.“There was no smoking gun in this case,”Anderson said. “It was more subtle. Theydidn’t get in a room and say, ‘You do this,you do that, and this is how we’ll cook thebooks.’”There were many twists and turns in theinvestigation, but Anderson remembersparticularly potent testimony came fromBen Glisan – the former treasurer whopleaded guilty to a single charge and latertestified in the trial of top executives KenLay and Jeff Skilling – and DavidDelainey, the former Enron EnergyServices executive.Anderson boils down the problems atEnron to four issues: overly aggressiveaccounting that reported financial resultsEnron had not achieved; a corporateculture that gave too much leeway toyouth over experience; leadership failures;and a flawed business model that believedEnron could enter any market it wanted toand become the dominant player.The company’s accounting techniquesgenerally weren’t illegal, Anderson said,but they were aggressive.“When you use the techniques to reportresults you really didn’t achieve, that’swhen it becomes fraud,” Anderson said.“When the financial statements so grosslydiverge from the true economic conditionof the company, that’s fraud.”In time, criminal intentMost of the people who worked at Enronwere hardworking people who were doingthe right thing, Anderson said.“Of the people that were convicted, I think none of them went to work thinking theywere going to commit fraud. But did theyeventually have criminal intent? Yes.”The FBI continues to make corporatecrime a priority, Anderson said. The fiscalyear that ended in September saw themost indictments and convictions in thehistory of the bureau’s corporate fraudsection.“I’m hopeful that we demonstrated toWall Street and business executives thatwe will hold people accountable for theiractions,” Anderson said.”————————————————————–To find additional federal criminal news,please read   Federal Crimes Watch Daily.Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/ or report extensively on matters involvingFederal Criminal Defense, INTERPOLRed Notice Removal, InternationalExtradition and OFAC SDN SanctionsRemoval.The author of this blog is DouglasMcNabb. Please feel free to contact himdirectly atmcnabb@mcnabbassociates.comor at oneof the offices listed above. Federal Criminal
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