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Ex-UC Davis Fullback to Head FBI’s Sacramento Office

By Allan Lengel

Herbert Brown, section chief of the FBI’s gang and drug section at headquarters, will take over the Sacramento FBI office in January, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Brown, 53, a former fullback with the UC Davis football team in the 1970s, replaces Drew Parenti, who retired in October. He’ll supervise 160 agents, the paper reported.

The paper reported that Brown was promoted to section chief of the FBI’s Gang Criminal Enterprise Section in 2008.

The FBI on Friday confirmed the appointment.

Tenn. FBI Agent Convicted of Fraud

By Allan Lengel

A federal jury in Nashville on Thursday convicted an FBI agent  on 15 counts of wire fraud and three counts of bankruptcy fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Agent Darin Lee McAllister, 44, of Brentwood, Tenn., who is married to a Christian gospel singer,  was indicted in May on the multiple count indictment. The jury failed to reach a verdict on a bank fraud charge.

Authorities charged that McAllister devised a scheme to defraud SunTrust Mortgage Co., Inc., in the purchase of rental properties totaling $1.25 million in May and July 2006. Additionally, he devised a scheme to defraud the SunTrust Bank to obtain  a $100,000 line of credit, and made three false statements in connection with his subsequent bankruptcy petition in July 2009.

The Nashville City Paper reported in May that the indictment alleged that McAllister falsely claimed he was president of Judah Music and DOJ Productions and earned $500,000 annually. His wife Judith Christie McAllister — a Christian gospel singer – is president and founder of Judah Music.

“The result in this case shows that no one is above the law. The actions of this federal law enforcement officer should not tarnish the good reputation of the FBI or the many fine men and women in federal law enforcement,” said Nashville U.S. Attorney Bill Killian.

The case was investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee’s Offices in Chattanooga and Nashville.

Government Has Violated Spying Limits on U.S. Citizens, Documents Show

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — When it comes to listening  in on conversations or reading emails, the feds have repeatedly violated legal limits of surveillance of U.S. citizens, the Washington Post reports.

The Post reports that the conclusion comes from the release of 900 pages of documents obtained by the ACLU in a court battle. The paper reported that U.S. government agencies refused to say how many Americans’ rights were violated or intercepted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – or FISA.

“The documents note that although oversight teams did not find evidence of “intentional or willful attempts to violate or circumvent the law . . . certain types of compliance incidents continue to occur,” as a March 2009 report stated,” the Post reported.

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Milwaukee FBI Agent Credited With Bringing Down King of Spam

By Allan Lengel

An FBI agent from Milwaukee is credited with taking down the “king of spam”, the Associated Press is reporting. Authorities say he allegedly generated 10 billion unwanted emails a day.

The suspected spam king, Oleg Nikolaenko, 23, of Russia, was arrested last month during a visit to Las Vegas, AP reported. The FBI and the Federal Trade Commission had been tracking him since 2007.

AP reported that Nikolaenko is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee on Friday.

His attorney, Christopher Van Wagner, says he’s prepared to put up “a rigorous defense,” AP reported.

A 13-page affidavit was filed by FBI agent Brett E. Banner, assigned to the Cyber Crimes Squad in Milwaukee (read below).

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Authorities Break Ground for New FBI Office in Portland

By Allan Lengel

Federal and local officials broke ground Wednesday for a new $60 million, four-story FBI field office in Portland, Ore., The Oregonian newspaper reported. It is third FBI field in the  nation under construction.

The new office is part of an effort by the FBI to update offices and make them more secure, the Oregonian reported. It said after Sept. 11, when the agency started adding more agents, the FBI found that 35 of its 56 field offices had insufficient security or no room to expand.

The Portland office is being built in the northeast sector of the city, near the Portland International Airport.

The Portland field office will consist of three buildings: a four-story office complex, a maintenance and repair annex and a 203- space parking structure, the Oregonian reported.

Office are also being built in Minneapolis and Cincinnati, the Oregonian reported.


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Snowman With Noose Appalls Idaho Neighbors (AP)
Court Rejects Appeal in Calif. Fatal Dog Mauling Case (AP)
Elizabeth Smart Storms From Courtroom During Psychiatrist’s Testimony (AP)
Phone Prankster Gets 5 Years in Prison (The Smoking Gun)
Justice Department Drops Probe of Sen. John Ensign (AP)
Pretrial Hearing Set in Blagojevich Case (AP)

Attorney For U.S. Trustee Program

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Announcement Number: 10-49-14001

The Executive Office for U.S. Trustees (EOUST) is seeking an experienced attorney from within the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) to serve as the Assistant Director for the Office of Criminal Enforcement. The EOUST oversees the work of the USTP by providing leadership, central policy and management direction, and administrative services to 95 field offices.

About the Office: The USTP promotes the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system by enforcing bankruptcy laws, providing oversight of private trustees, and maintaining operational excellence. The USTP carries out administrative, regulatory, and litigation responsibilities under titles 11 and 28 of the United States Code, and engages in significant civil and criminal enforcement efforts to combat fraud and abuse in the bankruptcy system.

Responsibilities and Opportunity Offered: The USTP employee who fills this position will be the senior manager responsible for providing leadership in the planning, development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of a national program to effectively detect and refer for investigation and prosecution criminal conduct within the bankruptcy system.

Duties will include the design and implementation of a criminal enforcement strategic plan; coordination with and assistance to United States Attorneys offices, other Department of Justice components (including the FBI), and federal and state law enforcement agencies (e.g., Postal Inspectors, Secret Service, Inspectors General, and State Attorneys General) in the referral and prosecution of criminal cases; and the training of USTP staff, private trustees, enforcement partners, and others with an interest in the USTPs work in the criminal area The Assistant Director is responsible for the development of reporting and accountability systems for and the supervision of staff assigned to the Office, including those in headquarters and field office locations.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a Juris Doctorate degree and be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction). Applicants must have at least ten years of post-J.D. legal experience at the Federal level.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience with white collar crime prosecution is highly preferred.  Exceptional management experience; superior written and oral communication skills; good judgment; demonstrated capacity to function, with minimal guidance, in a highly demanding environment; and familiarity with bankruptcy law, complex business and financial matters, and investigative procedures and practices are preferred.

Travel: The work of the Assistant Director will require extensive travel to headquarters as well as USTP offices and Federal courts around the country.

Salary Information: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level. The possible salary range is GS-15 ($123,758 – $155,500 per annum). Promotion potential: GS-15.

Location: The successful candidate will be based in his/her home office, although extensive travel is required.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Submission Process and Deadline Date: Applicants must submit a resume (or an OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment), a performance appraisal issued within the last 12 months, the latest SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), two recent writing samples relating to the handling of criminal matters, and a cover letter highlighting skills and qualifications via email to: or via mail to:

U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
Human Resources Division
20 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Suite 8212
Washington, DC 20530
Attn: Velicia M. Jacobs
Ref: 10-49-14001

The application package must be received by the closing date of the announcement, which is 12/20/2010.

No telephone calls please.

Internet Site: This and selected other legal position announcements can be found on the Internet at:

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or nonmembership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

The Department of Justice cannot control further dissemination and/or posting of information contained in this vacancy announcement. Such posting and/or dissemination is not an endorsement by the Department of the organization or group disseminating and/or posting the information.

Mary F. Rook Named Head of FBI’s Anchorage Office

Mary Rook/fbi photo By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Mary F. Rook, the chief in the FBI’s Training Division’s Law Enforcement Programs Section, will head the Anchorage Division, the agency announced Wednesday.

Rook began her FBI career in the laboratory as a serology technician in 1984. She became a special agent two years later and was assigned to the Milwaukee Division.

In 1990, she transferred to the Los Angeles Division where she investigated Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

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