Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An investigation into an alleged sexting scandal by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, which threatened to upend his political career, found no evidence that he sent explicit messages to women, a top-ranking Nassau police official said Thursday.“They did not sext each other,” Det. Sgt. Patrick Ryder, commanding officer of Asset Forfeiture and Intelligence unit, told reporters during a news conference Thursday at the department’s police academy in Massapequa Park. Ryder was referring to Mangano and Karin Caro, founder of the public relations firm Blue Chip Marketing, who was the person identified as allegedly being on the receiving end of Mangano’s provocative messages. One alleged sext, in which someone identified as “Ed M” discusses sexual acts, was forged and never sent or received by either Mangano or Caro, Ryder said. An animated Ryder said there was no proof Mangano ever sent the message, despite it being linked to his phone number. A purported Tweet from Caro’s Twitter account also appears to be a fake, investigators found.The sexting scandal, which Mangano adamantly denied any involvement in, emerged on Feb. 13 during an explosive report by CBS News.“I want you to (blank) my brains out even if it’s in my car again,” was one of the messages allegedly sent by Mangano, according to CBS News.Mangano suggested to CBS News that he was a victim of a hack and told the Press on Valentine’s Day that the whole scandal is “totally fabricated.”After Mangano became aware of the supposed sexts, he filed a verbal complaint with Nassau County police.In response to Nassau police’s investigation, Mangano released a statement reiterating that he was victimized. “As I stated from the moment this matter was brought to my attention, my family and I are the victims of a hoax perpetuated by a deranged individual,” Mangano said. “I can only hope that the media will report the truth in the same manner as they reported the outrageous lies against me and the other victim,” he added. “Now, I respectfully ask that you leave my family and me alone on this matter.”The department’s investigation commenced almost immediately, with Ryder personally overseeing the probe. During Thursday’s press conference, Ryder took the unusual step of laying out the entire investigation from start to finish, including the time and date of interviews with those involved, and documenting how the department came to the conclusion that the whole scandal was a hoax. At one point Ryder, who took issue with suggestions that the department would cover up the scandal for Mangano’s benefit, said the investigation was done independent of the county executive’s office and the office of acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, Mangano’s pick to head the department.“When they came to my office I was handed this bag of crap,” Ryder said. “Look around, there’s no one standing behind me. This investigation was done independently.”“I was brought up to the tell the truth,” he added, “I am telling you the truth with the evidence in front of me. I would never embarrass my family, I would never embarrass my office…my job is to follow the evidence, I took the evidence and I followed it.“As far as I’m concerned,” he continued, “this sexting case is closed.”Ryder did say, however, that Mangano was never hacked. Citing the recent high-profile case between the FBI and Apple regarding the phone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, Calif. shooters, Ryder said it’s impossible for anyone to hack an iPhone without the password or Apple ID.The investigation included analysis of both Mangano and Caro’s phones, which turned up no evidence that the pair had communicated. The police also used license plate reader technology and determined that neither Mangano nor Caro’s vehicles were ever in the same location at once, Ryder said. An examination of deleted messages—which the department has the ability to obtain and analyze—also did not reveal any relationship between Mangano and Caro.A slide showing a sexting message allegedly sent by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Nassau police said it’s a fake message. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)One of the more racier messages purportedly sent by Mangano to Caro appears to be a forged document, made to look like a screenshot of an actual text exchange, investigators found. Ryder said he Googled the first nine words in the message and it took him to a website that mirrors the message. Also, an alleged Tweet from Caro’s account that suggests a vindictive motive, almost verbatim matches a quote from a news article regarding a divorce between Hollywood socialites, Ryder said.“This is a document that could have been created by a kid or somebody that has an agenda,” Ryder said of the text. “There is no number from Mr. Mangano that ties him to the document.”“[Caro] overwhelmingly denies ever seeing it,” Ryder added. “She denies ever having Ed Mangano’s cell phone, she denies ever personally contacting Ed Mangano through any electronic communication.” However, Caro has done business with the county before and received two contracts from Nassau in 2013 and 2014 to promote events.Ryder said both Mangano and Caro cooperated with the investigation and gave detectives permission to personally sift through their devices.Ryder noted that he personally interviewed Mangano and threatened to arrest the county executive himself if evidence later turned up revealing he was lying.Mangano’s response: “I was not involved with that woman.”The alleged sexting scandal included messages sent to other women, but Caro was the only one publicly identified.
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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In order to continue thriving, the credit union industry must launch predictive analytics solutions to impact local initiativesby: Nate WentzlaffIn his 2007 book, Competing on Analytics, Thomas Davenport explains how analytics solutions have been implemented to give competitive advantage to companies throughout various industries. The astronomical amount of data being collected and analyzed by large companies (financial and non-financial) threatens individual credit unions who currently rely on rearview reporting of historical data. Therefore, a holistic approach to data that leverages predictive analytics is the key to the success of credit unions. With predictive analytics, credit unions will be able to effectively cultivate the abundance of data available (from a variety of sources) to create innovate solutions that capture opportunities within their local community. By utilizing public data (e.g. IMF statistics) along with their private data (e.g. core systems), credit unions will truly be able to “think globally, act locally”.Think Globally: Interconnected Financial SystemsCredit Unions are being impacted by global events now, more than ever before. With the world’s widespread adoption of the internet, trade is traveling in seconds rather than days. The world’s finances are more interconnected than ever. A college student with a $1,000 online brokerage account in the United States can invest in a palm oil factory in Malaysia with the click of a mouse. Political unrest in Hong Kong can cause the capital markets in London to destabilize with one governmental decision. Like it or not, we are truly becoming the global village once envisioned in sci-fi novels. With the amount of data being produced daily by world events, how does a credit union capture new opportunities out of this chaos?Credit unions, like people, will follow the crowd when they do not feel confident in their ability to predict the future. An ability to build predictive analytics on pooled global data will give credit unions the ability to rise above the crowds to capture opportunities that others simply do not see. continue reading »
UPDATE: Sentenced to 12 years – Hanover man convicted on multiple counts including Dealing Methamphetamine
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Madison, IN –UPDATE:According to the Jefferson County Prosecutor Office, Monday, Michael D. Crawley was sentenced to twelve years fully executed at the Indiana Department of Correction at a sentencing hearing held in the Jefferson Circuit Court. Crawley was convicted of multiple felonies, including Dealing Methamphetamine, a Level 4 Felony, following a jury trial. Twelve (12) years is the maximum sentence for a Level 4 Felony. Original Story: Thursday, Michael D. Crawley, 56, of Hanover was convicted of multiple felonies, including two counts of Dealing in Methamphetamine, two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.Prosecutor David Sutter thanked the jury following the hearing, “A jury of Mr. Crawley’s peers found him guilty on all counts. I thank them for their service and their diligence in listening to hours of testimony and thoughtfully considering the evidence in this case.”The police investigation leading to the conviction began in February and was the result of a tip brought to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department by a confidential informant. The informant notified Deputy Linton Spry they had arranged to purchase a half “game” of methamphetamine, approximately 1.5-2 grams, for $85.00. Upon receiving the tip, Detectives made arrangements to meet the informant and prepare the controlled buy.The controlled buys were made on February 21 and 23, 2019 and resulted in two $85.00 purchases at the 281 E Main Street residence of Michael D. Crawley. On February 21, 2019, Crawley sold approximately 1.68 grams of a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine to the informant. Two days later, on February 23, 2019, Crawley again sold the informant a crystal-like substance, in an amount weighing approximately 1.69 grams. The second controlled purchase also field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Both substances were sent to the Indiana State Police Lab for testing and confirmed to be methamphetamine.“I want to give special thanks to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, particularly the excellent work of Detective Yancy Denning, Special Deputy Tim Armstrong, Deputy Ben Flint, and Deputy Linton Spry. It is because of their ongoing excellent work, we were able to secure this conviction and we continue to track down and prosecute drug dealers in Jefferson County,” said Sutter.The case was prosecuted by Prosecutor Sutter and Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Blaine Goode. Mr. Crawley will be sentenced in the Jefferson County Circuit Court on November 19.