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June 2021


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FBI HQ Promotes Agents Michael Folmar and Tracy Reinhold

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — FBI agents Tracy Reinhold and Michael J. Folmar are moving up the food chain at FBI headquarters.

Reinhold becomes the FBI’s assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence, rising from the deputy assistant director.

Tracy Reinhold/fbi photo

Tracy Reinhold/fbi photo

Folmar becomes assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division. He most recently served as deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Training Division.

On Reinhold’s appointment, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement:

“Intelligence is the lifeblood of our organization; how we gather, analyze, and disseminate it internally and with our intelligence and law enforcement partners is critical to protecting our national security. Tracy’s leadership and expertise make him well-suited to oversee this crucial function.”

Reinhold became an agent on May 20, 1990 and started out at Columbia, S.C. office.

Folmar entered the FBI in December 1986 and was assigned to the Oklahoma City division.

Michael Folmar/fbi photo

Michael Folmar/fbi photo

Director Mueller had this to say about Folmar in a statement:

“The FBI’s Security Division is charged with ensuring the integrity and reliability of the FBI workforce, preserving a safe and secure work environment for FBI employees, and preventing the compromise of sensitive information. A 23-year veteran of the FBI, Mike Folmar brings a wealth of experience and the leadership skills to head up that effort.”

Read Tracy Reinhold Press Release

Read Michael Folmar Press Release

Autopsy Report Says Agents Shot Detroit Muslim Imam 21 Times During FBI Raid

dearborn mapBy Allan Lengel

Federal agents shot a Muslim imam 21 times and then handcuffed him during an October FBI raid in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb, a yet to be released autopsy report concluded, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Free Press reporter  Ben Schmitt, who attributed the information to a “person familiar with the case”, also wrote that the source said the handcuffing “was in line with procedure.”

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, the Detroit imam, was shot and killed Oct. 28 at a Dearborn warehouse during a shoot out with agents, who had come to arrest him and ten others for allegedly dealing in stolen property, the paper reported.

The FBI, which has publicly defended the shooting, has said the cleric opened fire first, killing an FBI dog.

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He’s Back! San Diego FBI Says “Geezer Bandit” Struck Again

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For Aol News

Six bank robberies and five months later, the FBI in San Diego is still hunting for a mystery man in his 60s or 70s who’s been famously dubbed the “Geezer Bandit.”

His latest stickup came on Wednesday at the San Diego National Bank around 5:50 p.m. According to the FBI, the notorious robber was armed with a silver and black semiautomatic pistol when he handed the teller a demand note.

He walked off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Rail-thin, clad in a baseball cap and brandishing a gun, the man held up his first bank in San Diego County on Aug. 28. Up until mid-November, he had been robbing a new bank in San Diego County every two to four weeks, authorities said.

But this time, he waited about two and a half months before pulling off another robbery. His last heist had been Nov. 16 at a Bank of America branch.

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Head of Detroit FBI Defends Use of Informants and Raid Where Imam Was Killed

FBI's Andy Arena/ photo

FBI's Andy Arena/ photo

The tension between the FBI and Muslim and Arab American citizens is something being played out around the country, particularly in places like the Detroit area. It can’t hurt to have meetings like these.


DEARBORN, Mi. — Saying that informants are an important tool, the special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI office told a Dearborn audience today that the case of a Muslim cleric who died in a shootout with federal agents ended tragically, but that his agents followed proper protocol.

“We did what we had to do,” said Andrew Arena, head of the FBI office in Detroit.

Over the past year, there has been growing concern among Muslims about the use of undercover sources in their mosques and communities. Informants were used in the case of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, a Muslim leader from Detroit who died Oct. 28 after a shootout in Dearborn with FBI agents seeking to arrest him and others on suspicion of dealing with stolen goods. The FBI has said Abdullah opened fire on agents.

“I’m a Catholic, born and raised Roman Catholic,” Arena told the largely Muslim crowd in Dearborn. “If a Catholic priest is standing on the pulpit, saying, give money to the Irish Republican Army to kill British soldiers and throw them out of Northern Ireland, we have a right, a duty, a responsibility” to investigate.

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FBI Critical Incident Response Group Gets Lease at Richmond, Va. Airport

richmond airportBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group is leasing part of the former Air National Guard base at Richmond International Airport for aviation operations, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

“We’re very excited to have the FBI as a tenant of the Richmond International Airport,” Jon Mathiasen, the airport’s president and CEO, told the paper. “They’ll bring commerce to the field by buying fuel and other services.”

The Capital Region Airport Commission signed a five-year lease with the FBI for the 8-acre site, with options to extend for up to another 15 years, the paper reported. The cost of the lease is $1 million a year.

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Acting Boss of N.Y. Genovese Crime Family Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Charges

By Allan Lengel
For Aol News

The acting head of the Genovese organized crime family, Daniel Leo, aka “The Lion,” and his nephew Joseph Leo, a lieutenant, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to racketeering charges related to loan sharking, extortion and illegal gambling.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged that Daniel Leo became the acting boss of the Genovese organized crime family in 2005, rising from the family’s ruling council to run the show. The Genovese family is one of New York’s five legendary Mafia families.

Today’s guilty pleas were considered significant, part of the ongoing crackdown in recent years on the infamous New York mob, which has often been glamorized in films and TV. But the FBI asserts that Genovese and Gambino crime families in particular continue to thrive.

“They certainly have taken hits with the RICO statute (Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act), but organized crime in the New York City area is alive and well,” said David Shafer, assistant special agent in charge of the New York Office of the organized crime branch. “The Genovese family is a very, very strong family.”

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W. Va. Rep. Alan Mollohan Off the Hook: U.S. Atty Won’t be Filing Criminal Charges

Rep. Mollohan/gov photo

Rep. Mollohan/gov photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W. Va.) got the word anyone sweating through a federal investigation loves to hear: No charges are going to be filed against you.

Reporter Paul Kane of the Washington Post reports that the Justice Department has shut down its criminal probe into the 14-term Congressman after nearly four years. It will not take any criminal action.

The Post reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. and the FBI had been looking into Mollohan, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, “for steering roughly $250 million in line-item expenditures to several nonprofit organizations run by close friends, who also were real estate partners with him.”

“We’re not going to get into any details, but I can confirm we’ve closed the investigation into Alan Mollohan,” U.S. Attorney spokesman Ben Friedman told the Post.

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Some Rank and File in DEA Hail Nomination of Acting Chief Leonhart for Permanent Post

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Some of the rank and file in the Drug Enforcement Administration on Tuesday  hailed the long awaited decision by President Obama on Monday to nominate acting DEA chief Michele Leonhart for the permanent post. She must now get confirmed by the Senate.

“She’s good for the agency,” said one DEA agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because agents aren’t authorized to speak to the press without permission. “She’s one of us. She came up through the ranks. You get the impression she understands what the working agents go through.”

The agent said she got added kudos among the ranks when she took time to meet with the families of three DEA agents who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in October.

Another DEA agent added: “She knows our faults and she knows our strengths. She’ll enhance our strengths and close the gaps on our flaws. She’s very nice, she’s smart, she’s a hard worker.”

The agent acknowledged she may have made a few enemies along the way working for the Office of Professional Responsibility, which investigates wrongdoing within the agency.

Also on the downside, agents acknowledged that Leonhart, who has been acting administrator since 2007, has gotten a rap  for being too indecisive at times.

But they said the indecisiveness comes, at least in good part, as a result of being an acting chief who has limited power. They said that should change if she’s confirmed for the top spot.

William Coonce, a retired DEA special agent in charge of the Detroit office, said :”She’s  outstanding. I’m glad for her and I’m glad for the agency.”