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Cleaning Man Busted Stealing Valuable Information from FBI’s Detroit Field Office

Detroit riverfront. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling

A man hired to help sanitize the FBI’s Detroit Field Office at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been convicted of stealing valuable information on a violent street gang in the city. 

Anthony Cassani, 22, photographed a chart that detailed the rank and hierarchy of the gang members in March 2020 and then sent the photo to his friends and others using social media account, prosecutors allege, The Detroit News reports.

The chart, which was displayed on an agent’s office cubicle, contained “proprietary information,” including photos of alleged gang members who were under investigation. 

Members of several street gangs ended up with the photos of the chart, “thereby depriving the FBI of the full benefit of its use,” according to a sentencing memo. 

Cassani pleaded guilty to theft of government property less than $1,000 on June 29. 

Federal prosecutors are calling for jail time during his sentencing hearing next week in U.S. District Court. 

“Rather than do the job he was being paid to do, Cassani chose instead to steal proprietary information about a gang investigation and post it on social media,” the sentencing memo reads. “His criminal conduct has earned him a three-month sentence followed by a one-year term of supervised release with the hope that this brief term of imprisonment will promote respect for the law and deter him and others from committing similar offenses.”

Steven M. D’Antuono Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Detroit Field Office

FBI Special Agent Steven M. D’Antuono.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Steven M. D’Antuono has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office.

D’Antuono spent much of his 23-year career at the FBI tracking down white-collar crime and public corruption. That experience will become handy in an office that handles a lot of public corruption.

D’Antuono, who recently served as section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C., joined the bureau as a forensic accountant in 1996. His first assignment was the Providence Resident Agency in Rhode Island, where he handled criminal investigations into financial crimes, public corruption, organized crime, drugs, and counterintelligence.

In 1998, D’Antuono served as a special agent assigned to the Washington Field Office, where he investigated white-collar crime and public corruption.

In 2004, D’Antuono began teaching white-collar crime while serving as the supervisory special agent at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2008, he was transferred to the Washington Field Office to supervise a public corruption and government fraud squad.

In 2014, D’Antuono became an assistant special agent in charge at the St. Louis Field Office, overseeing the Criminal and Administrative branches.

D’Antuono was promoted in 2017 to chief of the Financial Crimes Section of the Criminal Investigative Division, where he oversaw all of the bureau’s white-collar crime programs, including corporate securities and commodities fraud, economic crimes, financial institution fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, intellectual property, and forensic accountant programs.

D’Antuono earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island. Before joining the FBI, he was a certified public accountant.

Detroit FBI Chief Timothy Slater to Lead Bureau’s Washington Field Office

Timothy Slater

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Timothy R. Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office, is going to lead the Washington Field Office.

The Washington Field Office, which covers Washington and Northern Virginia, is one of three FBI field offices led by an assistant director in charge.

Slater’s career with the FBI began in 1999 as a special agent assigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force in Detroit. In 2013, Slater as assigned to Detroit’s satellite office in Flint before moving to Palm Beach Resident Agency in 2016.

Slater was promoted in 2007 to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters. A year later, he moved to Oklahoma to supervise four resident agencies in the state.

In 2010, Slater became a unit chief in the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), which coordinates and manages the FBI’s tactical, negotiations, behavioral analysis, surveillance and aviation; the Strategic Information and Operations Center; and crisis management resources.

In 2013, he served as an assistant special agent in charge of the Knoxville Field Office before returning to CIRG, where he served as a section chief in 2014 and a deputy assistant director in 2015.

Briefly Slater was the special agent in charge of the Denver Field Office in 2016 before becoming the special agent in charge of the Criminal/Cyber Division at the Washington Field Office later that year.

In 2018, Slater took over the Detroit Field Office.