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CIA Agent Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Covert Credit Cards

By Kevin Poulsen EmailFebruary 06, 2009 | 4:41:53 PMCategories: Spooks Gone Wild  

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A 16-year veteran of the CIA pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal fraud charge after using undercover agency credit cards to run up $75,000 in personal expenses, including costly hotel stays and a $700 watch.

Steven J. Levan, 48, worked as a case agent at the CIA until his recent termination over the fraud.  According to an affidavit (.pdf) by a U.S. postal inspector who investigated the case, Levan made unauthorized personal use of four special credit cards that, while not officially billed to the government, are “customarily paid by the agency.”

“The agency had to pay the defendant’s fraudulent charges on those credit cards, in order to maintain the means by which the agency protects the identity of certain of its employees,” reads the affidavit.

Despite the relatively mild charges, Levan’s been held without bail since his arrest on January 12, based on the government’s assertion that the former spy could begin peddling national security secrets to foreign powers to raise more money.  Levan’s attorney slammed the espionage rhetoric as “rank speculation” in a motion for bail (.pdf) last month.

Veteran CIA spy Steven J. Levan used a covert government credit card to buy himself a $700 Raymond Weil watch — garrote not included.

“Nothing about the underlying allegations relate to espionage or the deprivation of honest services,” wrote Federal Public Defender Michael Nachmanoff. The lawyer acknowledged that Levan has suffered from financial difficulties.

Government filings in the case don’t name the CIA as Levan’s former employer, but Nachmanoff’s bail motion does. Levan apparently joined the agency after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute in 1982, then receiving a Master’s degree in national security studies from the Naval War College and spending four years in the Army.

Judging from his salary tier, Levan occupied a fairly senior position in the CIA: as a GS-15, he earned between $115,000 and $149,000 a year, the top level for government civil service. He’s lived in Virginia — where the CIA is headquartered — and the Washington DC area since 1987, “with the exception of several tours overseas,” wrote Nachmanoff.

In a plea deal with prosecutors this week, Levan agreed to abandon his bid for release on bail, and he pleaded guilty to a single count of access device fraud for running up $7,446 on one of the CIA credit cards at the Staybridge Suites hotel in McLean, Virginia.

Levan also admitted (.pdf) using the identity information on the CIA cards to obtain two more credit cards he had sent to his home. Additionally, he stole another covert credit card from a different, unnamed, government agency, and lifted a coworker’s personal credit card to ring up another $15,000.  In all, the losses topped $100,000.

The government has agreed to recommend a term of no more than a year in prison, and full restitution, when Levan is sentenced on May 1.

Levan is the second CIA official to be outed by allegations of criminal conduct in recent weeks. In late January, ABC News published the name of the former station chief of the CIA’s outpost in Algeria, who’s come under suspicion in the alleged date-rape of several women there.

According to court records, Levan is separated from his wife, who lives in his house with the couple’s children. He committed much of the fraud while living at a Residence Inn in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. Under an assumed identity, naturally.

Restaurant manager accused of stealing customers identity

By Michelle Durand

from the Daily Journal

The manager of Roti, an Indian bistro in downtown Burlingame, stole identifying information from restaurant customers and used it to buy gift cards and other items from his wife who worked at a South San Francisco Safeway store, according to prosecutors.

Atin Singh, 23, and Iris Singh, 27, of South San Francisco, are both charged with 42 crimes including identity theft, credit card theft and commercial burglary, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

They have pleaded not guilty and return to court Feb. 25 for a Superior Court review conference.

According to prosecutors, Antil Singh took customer information from his work place and used it to purchase goods from his wife’s register at the Safeway deli counter.

Antil Singh was reportedly arrested at the restaurant while his wife was apprehended at home and prosecutors charged the couple Jan. 21.

The exact amount of money allegedly taken was not available and a call to the Park Road restaurant went unanswered.

Both Singhs remain in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail. Neither have a criminal history in San Mateo County, according to court records.

 

Michelle Durand can be reached by e-mail: michelle@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102. 

Teen accused of sex assaults in Facebook scam

MILWAUKEE – An 18-year-old male student is accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves and then blackmailing some for sex acts.

“The kind of manipulation that occurred here is really sinister in my estimation,” Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said Wednesday.

The students go to New Berlin Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, which is in Waukesha County about 15 miles west of Milwaukee.

Anthony Stancl, of New Berlin, was charged Wednesday with five counts of child enticement, two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, possession of child pornography, repeated sexual assault of the same child, and making a bomb threat.

Stancl’s attorney, Craig Kuhary, said Stancl plans to plead not guilty to the charges and hopes to reach a plea agreement with the district attorney

“It’s too early in the case for me to make a statement, other than the fact at some point we are going to go into events that had taken place earlier that might have had some impact on what he did here,” he said. He wouldn’t go into specifics.

The incidents allegedly happened from spring 2007 through November, when officers questioned Stancl about a bomb threat he allegedly sent to teachers and wrote about on a school’s bathroom wall. It resulted in the closing of New Berlin Eisenhower Middle and High School.

According to the criminal complaint, Stancl first contacted the students through the social networking site Facebook, pretending to be a girl named Kayla or Emily.

The boys reported that they were tricked into sending nude photos or videos of themselves, the complaint said.

Thirty-one victims were identified and interviewed and more than half said the girl with whom they thought they were communicating tried to get them to meet with a male friend to let him perform sex acts on them.

They were told that if they didn’t, she would send the nude photos or movies to their friends and post them on the Internet, according to the complaint. Stancl allegedly used the excuse to get the victims to perform repeated acts, the complaint said.

Seven boys were identified in the complaint by their initials as either having to allegedly perform sex acts on Stancl or Stancl on them. The complaint said Stancl took photos with his cell phone of the encounters.

Officers found about 300 nude images of juvenile males on his computer, according to the complaint. Prosecutors said the victims were as young as 15.

A preliminary hearing for Stancl has been scheduled for Feb. 26. The maximum penalty if convicted on all charges is nearly 300 years in prison.