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June 2021


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FBI Taps New Special Agent in Charge of Criminal Division in Washington Field Office, Timothy Gallagher

Steve Neavling

 The FBI has tapped a new Special Agent in Charge of the bureau’s Washington Field Office, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Timothy Gallagher, who most recently served as chief of the Financial Crimes Section at FBI headquarters, will head criminal and cyber probes in D.C. and northern Virginia.

Gallagher’s career as a special agent began in 1996, when he investigated a wide-range of criminal activities at the Cleveland Division’s Canton Resident Agency.

He also was a member of the team that responded to the crash site of United Flight 93 in Somerset, PA, on Sept. 11, 2011.

Stephen Vogt Named Head of Baltimore FBI

By Allan Lengel

Stephen E. Vogt, who last served as legal attache in Kabul, Afghanistan, has been named the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore Division.

Vogt began his career with the FBI in August 1989 and was first stationed in Cleveland, where he investigated white-collar crime, public corruption, organized crime, and drug cases and was also a member of the SWAT team.

In 1999, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of a drug task force/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Group (HIDTA) and was named the 2004 HIDTA Task Force Commander of the Year by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

In 2005, he was promoted to team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters.

In 2006, he was off to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad where he served as an assistant legal attaché and investigated kidnappings, hostage matters, and general criminal activity.

In 2007, he became assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, overseeing cyber, gang/criminal enterprise, organized crime, and violent crime programs.

He went to Kabul in 2010 as the legal attache.


David Bowdich to Head Counterterrorism Division in LA

By Allan Lengel
David Bowdich, the special assistant to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters, is heading out to the field to become special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division in the Los Angeles office.

Bowdich started with the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the San Diego Field Office, where he investigated violent crimes and gangs and served as a SWAT team member and sniper.

In 2003, he headed to headquarters to serve in the Safe Streets and Gang Unit.

In late 2005, he returned to San Diego and supervised a multi-agency gang task force that investigated such groups as the Mexican Mafia, Bloods and Crips, and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club using wiretaps and undercover operations.

In 2009, he became assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office.

He eventually initiated the first FBI hybrid squad in the country to target kidnapping cells operating on both sides of the United States and Mexican border.

He also oversaw the murder investigations of two slain Border Patrol agents.

In 2011, he was chosen to handle the transition of a new FBI Director given that Director Mueller’s 10-year term expired in September 2011. After Director Mueller received a two-year extension, he was named a special assistant to the associate deputy director, the FBI said.


Retired DEA Agent Supervisor, Walter Flalkewicz, Dead at 86

By Steve Neavling

Walter S. “Bud” Flalkewicz, a retired DEA agent supervisor, died of a heart attack Aug. 28, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Flalkewicz, who was 86, died at his grandson’s house in Florida.

A former Army reserve who obtained the rank of major, Flalkewicz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore 1948 and landed a job as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, working in Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and Washington, among other places, according to the Sun.

After a stint with the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, Flalkewicz became a DEA agent supervisor in 1978.

Flalkewicz retired in1981, the Sun reported.

Former FBI Director Louie Freeh’s Law Firm to Merge with Prominent Group

Steve Neavling

 The Wilmington-based law firm of former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh is to merge with prominent Center City-based law firm, Pepper Hamilton L.L.P., the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The merger is designed to prepare Pepper Hamilton to expand its white-collar defense practice, according to the Inquirer.

Freeh started his own law firm in 2006 and has headed numerous investigations, including one on the failure of Pennsylvania State University to address sexual assault allegations.

The merger follows four years of collaboration between the two firms, according to Philadelphia Inquirer.

W. Larry Ford New Head of Chicago’s ATF

W. Larry Ford

By Allan Lengel

W. Larry Ford, a 28-year veteran of ATF, has been named the head of the agency’s Chicago division

Ford. who had been in Chicago before, most recently served as the Assistant Director of ATF’s Office of Field Operations and oversaw a staff of over 3,000 special agents, industry operations investigators and professionals.

Prior to that, he was the Assistant Director of the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information. From December 2004 to August 2010, Ford was the Assistant Director of the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs.

“I am thrilled to return to the Chicago Field Division and have the opportunity to reunite with some of the best investigators in ATF and the finest federal, state, local, industry and community partners in combating violent crime,” Ford said in a statement.


Janice Fedarcyk, First Woman to Head N.Y. FBI, Retiring to Join Private Sector

Steve Neavling 

Janice Fedarcyk, the fist woman to head the N.Y. FBI office, who oversaw some major terrorists, mob and Wall Street probes,  is retiring  to enter the private sector, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director in charge of the New York bureau, plans to start a consulting firm in Washington D.C., where her husband, a retired FBI agent, works.

During her tenure, Fedarcyk’s office cracked down on insider trading and computer attacks.

Some of the prosecutors involved in the insider-trading investigation have also left the federal government for the private sector, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Before coming to New York, Fedarcyk had headed up the Philadelphia office. She began her career with the FBI in 1987 in Los Angeles.

In New York, she oversaw:

  • The investigation and arrest of Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, al Shabaab leader for providing material support to al Qaeda.
  • Processing and dissemination of all intelligence following the Bin Laden raid in Pakistan.
  • Arrest of leadership and members of Anonymous and/or offshoot groups related to Anonymous, including “Internet Feds,” “LulzSec,” and “AntiSec,” for computer hacking and other crimes. Click here for more details.
  • The largest coordinated, national takedown of members of the five Organized Crime Families of La Cosa Nostra, including some of its most senior members.
  • The arrest of eight active and retired NYPD officers.
  • Arrest and subsequent guilty verdicts of Raj Rajaratnam, the founder and former head of the Galleon Group, and Rajat Gupta, a former corporate chairman and member of the Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs, for insider trading.
  • Arrest and subsequent guilty plea of Peter Madoff, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC former Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Managing Director, for Securities Fraud and Tax Fraud Conspiracy.
  • Investigation, arrest, and subsequent guilty verdict for New York State Senator Pedro Espada and his son for embezzlement.
  • Investigation, arrest, and subsequent guilty plea from New York State Senator Carl Kruger for bibery schemes.
  • Investigation and arrest of New York State Assemblyman William Boyland for bribery and attempted Hobbs Act Extortion. Details here.
  • Numerous acts of piracy investigated by the FBI off the coast of Somalia. Included dozens of arrests for piracy, murder, and other offenses.


Gary Douglas Perdue to Head Pittsburgh FBI

Gary Douglas Perdue/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

Gary Douglas Perdue has been tapped to head up the Pittsburgh office of the FBI.

Perdue had last served as chief of the Counterproliferation Center in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI Headquarters.

Perdue began his career with the FBI as a contract language specialist in 1985. He became a special agent in 1989 and first worked in Detroit where he worked counterterrorism and narcotics.

In 1996, he was assigned to the International Terrorism Operations Section at FBI Headquarters as a program manager and later as chief of the Radical Fundamentalists Unit.

He led responses to the 1998 East Africa bombings, the 1999 Egypt Air investigation, as well as multiple domestic and international terrorism investigations.

He was promoted to international terrorism program coordinator and squad supervisor of a Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in the Baltimore Division in 2001.

In 2006, Perdue was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Branch in the Washington Field Office.

In 2008, he was promoted to chief of the Investigations and Operations Section in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate and, in 2009, he became the chief to the Countermeasures and Preparedness Section.

In February 2012, he was picked to be chief of the FBI’s Counterproliferation Center, which combines the resources of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, Counterintelligence Division, and the Directorate of Intelligence.