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Top Criminal Prosecutor at Justice Department Is Leaving Following High-Profile Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mythili Raman, the Justice Department’s top criminal attorney, is leaving the agency next month following high-profile cases of corporate misdeeds, Reuters reports.

Raman is a 17-year veteran of the department and once acted as chief after her predecessor, Lanny Breuer, stepped down last year.

Raman said she’s not sure what’s next in her career.

A Senate panel today is expected to consider Breuer’s replacement, Leslie Caldwel, a former federal prosecutor who helped prosecute Enron Corp.

Robert J. Shields Becomes Head of FBI’s Milwaukee Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Robert J. Shields, who began his FBI career as a special agent in Chicago, is the newest head of the FBI’s Milwaukee office.

The Associated Press reports that Shields, who most recently served as chief inspector at FBI headquarters, officially began his job Monday.

He replaces Teresa Carlson, who was moved to Washington last year.

Shields began his career tackling white-collar crime and later handled computer forensics.

Influential Justice Department Official Steps Down Quietly After Less Than 3 Years on Job

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Virginia Seitz, the leader of an influential Justice Department office that handles surveillance and security, quietly resigned from her job after less than three years on the job, NPR reports.

Seitz received Senate confirmation in 2011, taking over the unit responsible for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Sources told NPR that Seitz was well-liked but the job was demanding, and she’s grieving from the loss of a close friend last year.

“Ms. Seitz served for 2 1/2 years in one of the most demanding jobs at the department and was deeply admired throughout the building. Her reasons for leaving were entirely personal, and we respected that,” said Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon.

FBI Special Agent Leaves Public Service to Launch Private Firm Aimed at Background Checks, Surveillance


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI Special Agent Leon Martinez, who investigated 9/11 terrorists, government corruption and drug cartels in Florida, is headed to the private sector after 25 years with the bureau, the Herald-Tribune reports.

Martinez is opening a private investigative firm in Sarasota called the Executive Assessment Group, which will conduct background investigations and surveillance for criminal and civil attorneys.

“He’s a first-class guy and very professional,” said Todd Foster, a Tampa defense attorney.

Joining Martinez will be Mark Flint, a former Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agent; and Don Wenger, a retired Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office detective who supervised the Sheriff’s intelligence unit.

FBI Director James B. Comey Has Appointed Agents to New Posts in Recent Weeks

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
FBI Director James B. Comey recently made some new appointments.

John Giacalone/fbi photo

  • Carl Ghattas was named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division at the Washington Field Office. He most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI Headquarters.
  • Gregory D. Cox was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office. He most recently served as chief of the Global Operations Section in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.
  • Amy S. Hess was named executive assistant director of the FBI’s Science and Technology Branch, which entails being responsible for the executive oversight of the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory and Operational Technology Divisions. She most recently served as assistant director of the Operational Technology Division.
  • John Giacalone was named assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.  He most recently served as the division’s deputy assistant director. 

New Head of Jacksonville FBI Office Was Never Discouraged by Gender

Michelle Klimt/FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michelle Klimt was eating dinner with her dad in the 1970s when he grumbled about women becoming FBI agents, the Florida Times-Union reported.

He was a special agent at the time. 

“And I sat there and said, ‘Hey dad, I can do what you do now.’ He never complained again and was very supportive of me,” Klimt told the Florida Times-Union.

Sure enough, Klimt not only became an agent, she became the first woman to lead the Jacksonville division seven months ago the Times-Union wrote.

Accountant-Turned-FBI Agent Becomes Oregon’s Next Top FBI Official

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gregory T. Bretzing, a former accountant who joined the FBI in 1995, will become special agent in charge of Oregon’s FBI office, The Oregonian reports.

Bretzing, 47, will take over on March 31.

Bretzing, whose father was an FBI agent, served as inspector at the bureau’s Washington D.C. headquarters for the past 18 months.

Bretzing also supervised a joint terrorism task force in Salt Lake City.

Bretzing has five children.

Retired FBI Agent Thomas Louis Hughes Dies at Age 77

Thomas L. Hughes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thomas Louis Hughes, an FBI agent from 1961 to 1986, died last week at this home in Virginia Beach. He was 77.

According to an obituary on the Altmeyer Funeral Homes website, Hughes, since 2003, survived amputations, surgeries, and numerous hospitalizations.

“Through it all, his quiet strength of will and pleasant demeanor inspired all who knew him,” the obit said.

A native of Missouri, Hughes was working on a masters degree when he was recruited by the FBI.

He worked in the FBI Crime Lab and earned his Masters Degree in Forensics Science from George Washington University in 1971.

He was a recognized expert witness in 26 states and taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University.

The obit said he he was Unit Chief in the Crime Lab; Unit Chief, Forensic Training Unit in the FBI Academy, Quantico; and Unit Chief, Administrative Unit, Laboratory Division.

He is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Kendall Hughes, grandchildren Danika and Landon Brackett, son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Judith Hughes. His son Doug Hughes passed away in 1995.

Memorial Service are set for 11 a.m.Saturday (Jan. 25) at Nimmo United Methodist Church, 2200 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA.