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Kristi Koons Johnson named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office

Kristi Koons Johnson, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Kristi Koons Johnson has been named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. 

Johnson was serving as the special agent in charge of the Omaha Field Office in Nebraska.

Johnson became an FBI special agent in 1999, working for a decade in the Chicago Field Office, where she investigated organized crime and public corruption. In 2007, she began leading a public corruption squad as a supervisory special agent. 

Johnson was tapped in 2010 to serve as the chief division counsel for the Omaha office, where she provided legal advice about investigations and FBI policy.

In 2014, another promotion brought Johnson to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she was unit chief in the bureau’s Internal Policy Office, managing day-to-day operations. 

In 2016, she returned to the Omaha Office as the assistant special agent in charge of national security, cyber, and intelligence matters.

In 2018, Johnson was back at headquarters serving as chief of the Transnational Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Investigative Division, which manages investigations and collects intelligence of transnational criminal organizations.

In 2019, Johnson was promoted to special agent in charge of the Omaha office, which is responsible for operations and personnel across Iowa and Nebraska. Her focus was on preparing for crises by establishing partnerships with private sector and community partners, and enhancing relationships with federal, state and local agencies.

Johnson also has served as a trainer at the International Law Enforcement Academy in San Salvador, El Salvador, and in Skopje, Macedonia. In addition, she has served in temporary duty positions in Moscow and Athens, Greece, as the assistant legal attaché.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Head of FBI’s L.A. Office Quietly Reassigned After Ethics Violations at Dodgers Stadium

Dodger Stadium (deposit photo)

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s top official in Los Angeles has been quietly reassigned after an Inspector’s General’s report found he and other top bureau officials violated ethics requirements by holding a sensitive meeting at a 2018 Los Angels Dodgers playoff game.

Politoco reports that Paul Delacourt, who at the time was the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, was reassigned to FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. in recent weeks.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office found that eight FBI officials discussed sensitive intelligence matters while “surrounded” by fans at other tables at the exclusive Stadium Club overseeing the baseball field. Seven of them also dined at the buffet without paying for the food in violation of the bureau’s gift policies. Using the exclusive club also violated the bureau’s gift policies, the IG found.

“The officials held an executive management meeting at the table, discussed sensitive law enforcement information during the executive management meeting, and ate food from a buffet in the club that had a market value of more than $60 per person,” the OIG said in July.

According to the bureau’s website, the chief of San Francisco office, John Bennett, is serving as the acting head of the L.A. office.

Amir Ehsaei Named Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the Los Angeles Field Office

Los Angeles Field Office, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Amir Ehsaei, who most recently served as section chief in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the Los Angeles Field Office.

Ehsaei’s responsibilities include counterterrorism investigations in Los Angeles, Australia and large portions of Asia. He’s also responsible for crisis response issues and the weapons of mass destruction program.

Ehsaei’s career with the FBI began in 2004, when he was assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in the Los Angeles Field Office.

In 2010, he moved to the Human Intelligence Squad and was later promoted to supervisory special agent of a counterterrorism squad on the JTTF. Also that year, Ehsaei deployed to Baghdad, leading an interagency team that investigated members of a foreign terrorist organization.

In 2013, Mr. Ehsaei became an assistant inspector and team leader at the Inspection Division at headquarters. In 2015, he returned to Los Angeles to serve as the assistant special agent in charge of the Administrative Division. In 2017, he was named the assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles JTTF.

In 2018, Ehsaei became chief of the Employment Development and Selection Program Section of the Human Resources Division at headquarters. As section chief, he oversaw the Leadership Selection Unit, the Office of Workforce Development, the Performance Appraisal Unit, and the Transfer Unit.

Ehsaei earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Colorado and graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law. Before joining the FBI, he was an attorney.

Retired FBI Agent Arrested on Bribery Allegations Involving Lawyer with Ties to Armenian Organized Crime

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent in Lafayette, Calif., has been arrested on allegations of providing sensitive law enforcement information to a lawyer with ties to Armenian organized crime in exchange for more than $200,000 in cash bribes and gifts, the Justice Department announced.

Babak Broumand, 53, who retired from the FBI last year after serving 20 years as a special agent, is expected to make his first appearance Monday morning in a federal court in San Francisco.

From early 2015 to most of 2017, Broumand is accused of accepting bribes averaging $10,000 a month by a man who became a licensed lawyer in 2016. In the complaint, the lawyer is identified as CW1, or cooperating witness 1.

“Broumand and CW1 conspired and agreed that Broumand would perform official acts and omit to do acts, query law enforcement databases, provide CW1 with non- public law enforcement sensitive information and protection, and assist CW1 in CW1’s efforts to evade detection by law enforcement,” according to the affidavit in support of the complaint.

“Our nation is based on the premise that public officials – especially federal law enforcement officials – place the country and her people above their own self-interest, U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna says in a news release. “This former FBI agent stands accused of violating this sacred trust by providing help to criminals simply to fund his lavish lifestyle. The complaint outlines a long-running and multi-faceted scheme that tarnished the badge that was the symbol of his oath to uphold the law.”

Added Paul Delacourt, the assistant director in charge of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office, “The FBI takes allegations of misconduct or criminal activity by its personnel very seriously. While these are disturbing allegations, we found no evidence to suggest this went beyond an isolated incident. The agents who investigated this case did so with professionalism and objectivity.”

Robert C. Bone Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterintelligence at LA Field Office

Los Angeles Field Office, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Robert C. Bone II has been named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence and Cyber Division of the Los Angeles Field Office, where he previously earned a Director’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.

Bone most recently served as the deputy assistant director of the Operational Technology Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Robert C. Bone.

Bone’s career as an FBI agent began in 2001, when he was assigned to the Chicago Field Office to handle international terrorism. He also was the coordinator of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

In 2006, he was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters in 2006. A year later, he moved to the Inspection Division in 2007.

In 2009, Bone served as the acting assistant legal attaché to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he formed the Kidnapping Investigations Unit. In 2010, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Field Office to lead a counterintelligence squad. His work earned him a Director’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.

In 2012, Bone was promoted to assistant section chief in the Counterespionage Section at FBI headquarters. He was transferred to the Washington Field Office in 2014, serving as the assistant special agent in charge of the Investigative Services Branches.

Bone was promoted in 2016 to serve as an inspector and then chief inspector in the Inspection Division. In 2018, he became deputy assistant director of the Operational Technology Division, which develops and deploys technology for FBI operations.

Before joining the FBI, Bone was a police officer in Silverthorne, Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa.