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Ex-FBI Veteran James Wagner to be Named Inspector Gen. of Ill. Tollway

tollwayBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Life after the FBI comes in many forms.

James Wagner,67, former head of the Chicago Crime Commission and a 31-year veteran of the FBI, is expected to be named to the newly created post of inspector general of the Illinois Tollway on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

In January, Wagner was named chief of investigations for the Illinois Tollway. From 2000 to 2005, he headed up investigations for the Illinois Gaming Board.

Wagner’s job will be to probe allegations of fraud, waste and corruption involving employees, officials and contractors.

James Myers to Head FBI Intelligence Division in Los Angeles

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – James P. Myers is returning to Los Angeles — this time as a  FBI special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division and Field Intelligence Group for the L.A. office.

Myers, whose last post was as section chief of HUMINT operations (Human Intelligence)  and oversight section, started as an agent in 1987. He first worked in the Norfolk Field Office on a variety of crimes and as a SWAT team member, the FBI said.

In July 1993, he headed west to the Los Angeles office where he worked the Safe Streets Task Force (SSTF) squad, and he was named case agent for the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

In 1997, he was promoted to a supervisory special agent and worked gangs including the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), the FBI said.

In 1998, he was assigned as coordinator of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force on violent crimes.

In 2003, he was promoted to intelligence program manager for the Los Angeles Field Office. In 2006, he was assigned to FBI Headquarters as the assistant director/operations chief of the MS-13 National Gang Task Force.

In July 2007, Myers returned to the Norfolk Field Office as assistant special agent in charge overseeing criminal, administrative, and intelligence programs.

In 2009, he was assigned as an inspector in charge at FBI Headquarters in March 2009.

Ex-FBI Agent Groman May See His Book Made Into a Movie

Herman Groman

Herman Groman

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Herman Groman,  a retired FBI agent in Las Vegas, may be going Hollywood.

Groman, who heads up security at the Orleans Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas,  recently authored his first novel, a suspense thriller called “Pigeon Spring”.

Now, he says  producer-director Joseph Merhi read the book and wants to make a movie out of it. Interestingly, the boook features a  key character Matt Steel, who happens to be  an ex-FBI agent who is also a director of security at a Las Vegas hotel.

Groman said he has spoken to  Merhi a couple times and has another meeting scheduled Thursday in Las Vegas to talk about the film.

groman book

“I’m excited about it,” Groman told ticklethewire.com. , saying that the Merhi told him he was confident it was all going to happen.

He said the producer’s “vision is that he’d like to make a feature film and he envisions a spin off TV series based on the book.”  Merhi has produced a number of movies including “The Whole Ten Yards”  with Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry.

Groman retired from the FBI in 2005.

Ronald T. Hosko Named Head of Criminal Division at FBI Wash. Field Office

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Ronald T. Hosko, who served as acting special agent in charge of the St. Louis division, has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal Division for the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

Hosko joined the FBI in July 1984, and was first assigned to the Jackson, Miss., division where he investigated white-collar crime, organized crime and drug case. He also served on the Jackson Division SWAT team.

In August 1988, he went off to the Chicago Division and spent several months undercover in the “Sourmash” investigation, which targeted fraudulent commodities trading at the Chicago Board of Trade, the FBI said.

In September 1995, he became the term supervisor of the Chicago Violent Crimes Task Force and one year later the stationary supervisor of the same squad.

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Head of Sacramento FBI Drew Parenti Stepping Down

Drew Parenti/fbi photo

Drew Parenti/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Drew Parenti, head of the FBI’s Sacarmento bureau, is retiring to take a job as vice president of security for Penske Truck Leasing in Reading, Pa., the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

Parenti, 50, a 26 year bureau veteran, said the FBI is “a hard organization to leave,” according to the paper.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner told the Bee: “I am very, very sad to see him go. We had some controversial prosecutions a few years ago that obviously took a toll on our relationship” with the Muslim American community, the paper said.

“Drew came in and helped us get on a lot better footing, and I think that has paid dividends for law enforcement and the community,” said Wagner. “He immediately took an interest in reaching out to members of underserved communities.”

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FBI Investigative Specialist Killed While Crossing Street in Suburban D.C.

rockvilleBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An investigative specialist in the FBI Washington Field Office, who was the son of a retired FBI agent, was struck by a car and killed early Sunday morning in Rockville, Md., as he crossed the street with a friend, reporter Martin Weil of the Washington Post reported. The friend was also killed.

FBI special investigator Adam J. Hosinski and his friend Rory J. Weichbrod, a wine salesman, both 26, were crossing Rockville Pike in the Washington suburb after exiting a subway around 3:20 a.m., the Post reported The two had gone to high school together.

The Post reported that the driver stopped and got out of the car, then drove off and parked and walked back to the scene. Police said drinking may have been involved, the Post reported.

Hosinski had worked at the FBI’s Washington Field Office since joining the bureau in 2006 as an investigative specialist, a field office spokeswoman told the Post.

A “great young man” and the son of a retired FBI agent, Hosinski served “at all times with a tremendous amount of pride and dedication,” spokeswoman Katherine Schweit told the Post.

“It’s devastating for the family,” his grandmother, Alice Hosinski told the Post. “He was a great kid.”

John Perren Named Acting Head of FBI’s Wash. Field Office

John G. Perren/fbi photo

John G. Perren/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John Perren, FBI special agent in charge of counterterrorism branch at Washington Field Office, has been named acting head of the office.

In the meantime, James McJunkin, assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters is rumored to be a front runner to take over the top spot at Washington Field Office on a permanent basis.

The change comes as Shawn Henry, who headed the office, moves over to headquarters to take over the number four spot in the FBI as Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

Prior to going to the Washington field office, Henry served at headquarters as assistant Director of the Cyber Division. He’s been with the bureau 21 years.

James McJunkin/fbi photo

James McJunkin/fbi photo

Perren joined the FBI in 1987 and has held a number of positions including  Section Chief of the Countermeasures and Preparedness Section of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate at FBI Headquarters.

Perren was one of three On-Scene Commanders at the Pentagon following 9/11.

From January to June of 2005 he was the On-Scene Commander for FBI Field Operations in Baghdad, with responsibility for over 125 FBI personnel in Iraq.

Retired FBI Agent Lester Davis Dies at Age 94

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired FBI agent Lester G. Davis of Atlanta, who developed an impressive record for capturing bank robbers in the 1950s while working in New Orleans, died Saturday at age 94, according to an obituary in the  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Lester’s career with the FBI spanned 32 years, starting in 1942. He retired in 1974, the obituary said.

In the late 1960’s he went off to work in Atlanta and he became a serious coin collector, the paper said.