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Two High-Ranking D.C. FBI Officials Accused of Cheating On Test Temporarily Assigned to Headquarters

D.C. Field Office/gov photo

D.C. Field Office/gov photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON – Two high ranking officials at the FBI Washington field office, who were accused of cheating on an open-book FBI test,  have been temporarily assigned to headquarters.

The Office of Professional Responsibility, an internal investigative arm of the Justice Department, had recommended discipline against Keith Bryars, special agent in charge of administration at the Washington field office, and Andrew Castor, special agent in charge of the criminal division, according to those familiar with case.  The two appealed that decision.

A third person,  Joseph Persichini Jr.,  who headed the Washington field office, had also faced internal allegations that he cheated on the test, but he retired Christmas Day before the disciplinary process had run its course.

Agent Kate Schweit, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington field office, would say only that “they’re on temporary assignment at FBI headquarters.”

The allegations surfaced last November that the three high ranking FBI officials may have received help on the FBI exam from an FBI lawyer, and may have some how worked together, a clear violation of agency rules.

At the center of the controversy is a test on the bureau’s guidelines for conducting investigations called the Domestic Investigation and Operations Guide (DIOG).

FBI agents and some support staff take a 16-hour training course, then take an open book exam on a computer. They are allowed to use reference materials, but must take the test and find the answers on their own. The FBI Director Robert Mueller III is even required to take the test.

ICE & Marshals International Manhunt Nets Man Who Posed as Attorney for Detained Missionaries in Haiti

Jorge Torres-Puello/govt photo

Jorge Torres-Puello/govt photo

By Allan Lengel

An international manhunt resulted in the capture late last week of Jorge Torres-Puello aka Jorge Torres Orellana, who posed as an attorney for the Idaho  church missionaries, who were detained in Haiti on kidnapping and abduction charges.

He was wanted in El Salvador, the U.S. and Canada for crimes against children, sexual exploitation of minors for pornography, organized crime and human trafficking, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

Authorities say that Torres-Puello contacted the church in Idaho shortly after the arrest of the missionaries and said he had legal authority in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  He then received a retainer from the family of the missionaries and represented himself to the court and media as an attorney and spokesman for the group. He has no legal training as a lawyer.

ICE, the U.S. Marshals and other law enforcement agencies tracked Torres-Puello down on Thursday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, authorities said.

“The location and arrest of this fugitive, wanted by three countries on some of the most egregious charges that ICE investigates, is an example of top-notch cooperation among law enforcement agencies in all these countries and our colleagues at INTERPOL,” John Morton, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in a statement. “Hiding behind fake names or using phony identifications and passports will not protect those who prey on the most vulnerable in our societies. Together we will find you and bring you to justice.”

People Allegedly Paid Tens of Thousands of Dollars to Father of Detroit Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to Land City Contracts

Bernard Kilpatrick/wxyz tv

Bernard Kilpatrick/wxyz tv

By Allan Lengel

At least nine people have testified in a federal grand jury in Detroit that they paid the the father of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick tens of thousands of dollars to try and land city contracts, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The paper reported that the father, Bernard Kilpatrick, ran a consulting firm called Maestro Associates. But the FBI believes he did no consulting and was really just paid for access to his son.

The paper reported that the FBI has been digging into the father’s finances and tapping his phone. Kwame Kilpatrick, who had been ousted on state charges after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with a phone text message scandal, is also being looked at by the FBI in connection with bribery.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Picks U.S. Atty. Fitzgerald to Probe Photos of CIA Officers Found in Gitmo Prisoner’s Cell

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has picked one of the nation’s most tenacious federal prosecutors, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago, to investigate “whether defense lawyers at Guantánamo Bay compromised the identities of covert CIA officers,” Newsweek’s DeClassified column reported.

“The probe was triggered by the discovery last year of about 20 color photographs of CIA officials in the cell of Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, an alleged financier of the 9/11 attacks, say three current and former government officials who asked not to be identified talking about an ongoing case,” Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball reported.

The magazine reports that the photos included snapshots of CIA officers on the street and in other public places.

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Not All NY FBI Agents “Distraught” Over Temp Reassignment of Their Boss

Joseph Demarest/ fbi photo

Joseph Demarest/ fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Not all the New York FBI agents are “exactly distraught over the reassignment” of the head of the New York FBI, who is in Washington while an internal probe into his affair with an underling is ongoing, the New York Daily News reported. first reported Thursday  night that Joseph Demarest was temporarily reassigned to Washington while the Justice Department examined the affair and the truthfulness of the statements  Demarest made about it.

Demarest’s statements allegedly differed from the woman who  he had an affair with.

“The New York office is celebrating Demarest’s demise because he bullied subordinates but let the New York Police Department bully the Bureau,” said a retired senior FBI official, according to the Daily News.

Demarest is known as hard charging and someone who was trying to make a lot of changes. Some saw him as a very passionate agent. But some weren’t happy with his management style or the changes.

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