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Tag: Peter Norell

Calif. FBI Agent Agrees to Plead Guilty to Illegal Access of FBI Records, Court Document Shows

CALIFornia mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A veteran California FBI agent who investigated white collar crimes has agreed to plead guilty to illegally accessing FBI files to help an acquaintance collect a debt, according to court records.

A plea agreement filed by the U.S. Attorneys Office in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif.  said that agent Peter H. Norell Jr. accessed the FBI data base to get information to help the acquaintance “and according to Norell’s understanding, other investors.”

The document said that Norell “never intended to and never did initiate a legitimate FBI investigation into” the person who owed money, but he threatened to launch a probe against someone only identified as T.S. ,  if T.S.  did not pay off the debt.

It said he “communicated his threats to initiate an FBI investigation” in multiple phone calls as well as in person when Norell went to T.S.’s home at 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2005.

The document said that Norell was informed that T.S. paid a portion of the debt to the acquaintance. Part of the agreement was that Norell resign as an FBI agent.

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Calif. FBI Agent Charged With Illegal Access to Bureau Computer

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who investigated white collar crime in Orange County, Calif., pleaded not guilty Monday to using the FBI computer to obtain information he was not authorized to access, the Associated Press reported.

Peter H. Norell Jr., who resigned after criminal charges were filed on March 9, appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge  in Santa Ana, the AP reported.

A criminal information gave very little information about the allegations, but said the crime took place between Aug. 23, 2005 and Sept. 5, 2005. In most circumstances, the filing of a criminal information indicates that a plea agreement is in the making.

Norrell’s attorney Thomas McConville declined to comment on the case, according to AP.

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