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Former Mississippi U.S. Attorney George Phillips Dies at 65 After Battle With Cancer

George Phillips

By Allan Lengel
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George Phillips, who served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi from 1980 to 1994 and oversaw corruption cases, including the FBI’s Operation Pretense, which led to the prosecutions of 57 Mississippi supervisors on corruption charges, has died the Clarion-Ledger reports.. He was 65.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that he died of cancer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Dowdy of Jackson told the paper that Phillips was “like a second Dad to me. He was a Christian, and his character reflected that. He was honest, truthful and passionate about life, both personally and professionally. George is the reason I have a career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.”

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DEA’s #2 Person, Thomas Harrigan, Retires to Join the Private Sector

Thomas Harrigan/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
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Thomas M. Harrigan, DEA’s number two person who was confirmed by the Senate as deputy administrator in March 2012, has retired from the agency to join the private sector.

Harrigan stepped down at the end of December.

Harrigan joined the DEA in 1987 and was first assigned to the New York Division.

Joseph Moses, a special agent and spokesman for DEA, said Wednesday that no replacement has been named as of yet.

Harrigan has joined CACI, a company based in Arlington, Va., that describes itself as providing “information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers.”


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FBI Director Names 2 New Special Agents in Charge: Scott Bean and Roger Stanton

By Allan Lengel
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FBI Director James B. Comey made two announcements Monday involving new assignments.

Scott Bean has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Administrative Division of the Washington Field Office. He most recently served as section chief for the Technical Surveillance Section of the Operational Technology Division at FBI headquarters. He began his career with the FBI in 1997.

Comey also announced that Roger C. Stanton has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Birmingham Division. Stanton most recently served as section chief of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) section in the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG). He began his career with the bureau in 1995.


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Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch Named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2014

By Allan Lengel
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Loretta E. Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, has been named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year for 2014.

Lynch, who was appointed to the post by President Obama in 2010, is known as a solid leader with strong management skills. She has shown a steady hand in leading the office, which has indicted a number of high-impact cases without worrying about generating media publicity.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Lynch’s skill set and professionalism made her a natural pick for President Obama, who has nominated her to replace Eric Holder Jr. as Attorney General.  She’s gotten the endorsements of law enforcement including the the FBI Agents Association, which said in a statement in November:

“The FBIAA appreciates the importance of Attorney General leadership, and we look forward to working with Ms. Lynch, who has been a strong supporter of FBI Agents from her days as a trial attorney to her time as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York”

This is Lynch’s second tour of duty as head of the office in Brooklyn. She headed the office from 1999 to 2001 under President Clinton.

Her office is known for its steady flow of indictments ranging from mob cases to public corruption to stock fraud.

She is the second U.S. Attorney to receive the award since it was first given in 2008. The first year, the award went to then-Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Besides Fitzgerald, previous recipients have included:  Warren Bamford, who headed the Boston FBI (2009), Joseph Evans, regional director for the DEA’s North and Central Americas Region in Mexico City (2010) and Thomas Brandon, deputy Director of ATF (2011) and David Bowdich, special agent in charge of counterrorism in Los Angeles. Bowdich was just named assistant director in charge of the LA office.

 


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Head of FBI’s Birmingham Office to Retire, Spend More Time with Family

By Steve Neavling
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After 31 years of federal service, Richard D. Schwein Jr. is retiring as the head of Birmingham’s FBI office, AL.com reports.

Schwein said he wants to spend more time with his family in North Carolina, where his wife and twin girls live.

“I have decided my family needs me more than the FBI,” Schwein said.

No replacement has been announced.

Retirement for Schwein doesn’t mean he won’t be working. He’s taken a job as director of Safety and Security at Mars Hill University near Asheville, AL.com wrote.

Schwein had a successful career, supervising the manhunt for serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph and taking a leading role in FBI operations in Iraq.

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David Bowdich to Head Up FBI’s Los Angeles Office

David Bowdich

By Allan Lengel
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David Bowdich is moving up.

The special agent in charge of Counterterrorism in the FBI’s Los Angeles office has been named the assistant director in charge.

Bowdich,  who was named ticklethewire.com Fed of the Year in 2013, had served as the SAC since 2012.

Bowdich became an agent in 1995 and was assigned to the San Diego Field Office, where he investigated violent crimes and gangs and served as a SWAT team member and sniper, the FBI said. He led a yearlong wiretap investigation that culminated in the first federal racketeering convictions ever to be brought against street gang members in the Southern District of California.

In 2003, he went to headquarters where he served in the Safe Streets and Gang Unit. In late 2005, he returned to San Diego and supervised a multi-agency gang task force. In 2009, he was named assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office in 2009.

In 2011, Bowdich was selected to handle the transition of a new FBI Director. After Robert Mueller got a two-year extension, he was named special assistant to the associate deputy director.

 


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Diego G. Rodriguez Named Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office

Diego Rodriguez /fbi photo

 
By Allan Lengel
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Diego G. Rodriguez, who headed up the FBI’s Dallas office, has been named the assistant director in charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Rodriguez succeeds George Venizelos, who is retiring after 24 years in the FBI, the agency said.

Rodriguez joined the FBI in 1990 at the New York Field Office and was a member of the SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.

In 1997, he headed to San Juan Division, where he was a SWAT team member. He was also assigned to a drug/money laundering task force with the Puerto Rico Police Department.

In 1999, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2001, he transferred to the Miami Division, where he supervised a multi-agency drug squad under the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative.

Rodriguez returned to FBI headquarters in 2003 as chief of the Field Oversight Unit in the Directorate of Intelligence.

Shortly after, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office in April 2006 as the criminal, counterterrorism, and intelligence program manager, according to a press release.

He was then promoted to chief of the Domain and Collection Management Section in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters.

In July 2010, he was named a special agent in charge in New York where he oversaw the Criminal Division. In June 2012, he headed up the Dallas Division.

 

 

Before his FBI career, Mr. Rodriguez was a teacher in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1988 from St. John’s University in New York.


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FBI’s Rafael “Jorge” Garcia Jr. Named Assistant Directorate of Intelligence

By Allan Lengel
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Rafael “Jorge” Garcia, Jr. has been named assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) at FBI headquarters.

Garcia most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Intelligence Operations Branch within the DI.

Garcia joined the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the Phoenix office he investigated drugs, organized crime, and terrorism cases.

He was assigned to FBIHQ from 1999 to 2005, where held several positions related to intelligence and counterterrorism, including chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures Unit, a press release said.

In 2004, he served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Iraq. In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office.

In 2011, he was named director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) in Quantico, Va.

In 2012, Garcia was named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the Los Angeles Field Office.

 


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