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Michael Steinbach Gets the Nod as Permanent Head of FBI’s Miami Division

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael B. Steinbach, who has been acting head of the Miami FBI since last August, becomes the permanent special agent in charge.

Steinbach also served as head of the Jacksonville office while he was acting SAC for Miami.

He began his career as an agent in 1995, and was first posted in Chicago, where he worked in the fugitive and violent crimes/major offenders programs.

In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. He provided program management for FBI operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan.

In 2004, he was off to Afghanistan to serve as the deputy on-scene commander for FBI operations.

Steinbach was assigned assistant legal attaché in Israel in 2005. In January 2006, he was promoted to legal attaché. He worked with Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority on all FBI investigative matters.

In 2008, Mr. Steinbach was promoted to supervisor of the Violent Crimes Task Force in the D.C. Field Office, and in 2009 was appointed assistant section chief for the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

In May 2010, Steinbach was made deputy director for Law Enforcement Services at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. He was then assigned special assistant to the associate deputy director of the FBI.

In April 2012, he was promoted to special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Division.

 

 

Former FBI Director Freeh Takes Over Law Firm, Merges It with his Law Practice

  

Louis Freeh

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who last year led an investigation into the sexual abuse of Penn State University’s assistant football coach will take over the law firm Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. later this month, the Philadelphia Enquirer reports.

Freeh, who is replacing Nina Gussak, merged his Wilmington-based law firm with Pepper Hamilton last year. 

The idea is to expand the firm’s white collar defense practice, while Freeh also does internal investigative and consulting work, the firm announced Tuesday.

“This is a really interesting new model,” Freeh said told the Enquirer.

Freeh is a former federal judge who oversaw the FBI under President Clinton. In 2006, Freeh opened his own law firm and investigated internal-corruption.

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Puerto Rico Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI agent will oversee operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Carlos Cases, previously served as director for Latin America and the southwest border for the FBI’s criminal investigations division in Washington, D.C., will monitor crimes in U.S. territories from the San Juan, Puerto Rico office, the FBI announced.

Working outside of the mainland is nothing new for Cases. He worked at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and also at the FBI office in Puerto Rico, where he played a role one of the bureau’s largest public corruption cases of local police.

Cases replaces Joseph Campbell, who served most recently as special agent in charge of the Puerto Rico office.

FBI: Alabama Hostage-Taker Was Ready to Detonate Explosive Devices

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An Alabama man who took a boy hostage in an underground bunker for days had two explosive devices ready to detonate, the FBI said Tuesday, the Miami Herald reports.

The FBI also revealed that a firefight ensued as FBI agents rushed the bunker to save the boy who turns 6 today.

The Herald wrote that one of the bombs was in the bunker, while the other was in a plastic tube through which negotiators were speaking to the suspect, Jimmy Lee Dykes.

FBI special agent Jason Pack said Dykes “reinforced the bunker against any attempted entry by law enforcement.”

The devices were never detonated.

The boy is reportedly doing well, the Miami Herald reported.

California Detective Arrested on Charges of Taking Cash in Exchange for Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents arrested a San Louis Obispo detective on allegations he was involved in a bribery scheme, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Cory Pierce, 39, was charged in federal court with one count of bribery, the LA Times wrote.

He’s accused of taking cash and narcotics from two people whom he calls “cooperating witnesses.”

In exchange, Pierce provided the pair with drugs for personal use and fake drugs to sell, the FBI reported.

Pierce also is accused of tipping off drug sources about the ongoing probe.

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FBI Agents Rescue Child Who Was Held Captive for Seven Days in a Bunker

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

After seven grueling days, negotiations between the FBI and a kidnapper had broken down in southern Alabama.

Fears elevated when agents saw the kidnapper, Jimmy Lee Dykes, with a gun, NBC News reports.

A decision had to be made.

“Within the past 24 hours negotiations deteriorated and Mr. Dykes was observed holding a gun,” Special Agent in Charge Stephen Richardson, of the Mobile, Ala., office, said at a press briefing Monday. “At this point, FBI agents, fearing the child was in imminent danger, entered the bunker and rescued the child.”

Dykes was killed in the standoff, and the child was unharmed, NBC New reported.

FBI: Suspect in Wrigley Field Bombing Case May Have Been Entrapped by Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A month before Sami Samir Hassoun placed what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field in Chicago in 2010, the FBI worried the undercover informant had entrapped the suspect and warned the informant to back off, the Associated Press reports.

The AP wrote that Hassoun’s defense attorney disclosed the information in hopes of convincing a judge to order prosecutors to hand over more details on the informant, including how much he was paid.  

The informant was a key witness in the prosecution of Hassoun, who is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12.

FBI notes from March 2012 indicate that agents were worried the informant “is or is close to committing entrapment with Sami.” The informant was taken aside “and it was emphasized not to encourage Sami to get involved in illegal activity,” the AP reported.

The case is under review.

Hispanic News Group Voxxi Shows Bias After FBI Raid

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Hispanic news organization Voxxi brands itself as an independent watchdog that will stop at nothing for the truth.

But there was one truth the nationwide news group would not pursue – an FBI raid on Voxxi’s founder, Dr. Salomon Melgenlast week, the Washington Times reports.

Melgen has come under fire after reports that he provided bribes such as airfare and young prostitutes to Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The Washington Times wrote that Voxxi waited several days before acknowledging the raid in publication but wrote dozens of articles praising Menendez as “a fighter of the middle class.”