Tuesday, December 13, 2005

What Happens When the FBI Investigates the FBI?

According to a DOJ press release here, "Erik B. Blowers, Supervisory Special Agent and Chief Division Counsel for the Charlotte Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has pleaded guilty to knowingly making and submitting to the FBI a materially false statement."  He faces a "maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine." Several things are interesting here.

1. He is Supervisory Special Agent and Chief Division Counsel of this FBI office.

2. He "admitted that he accepted benefits worth no less than $6,000 . . . a former cooperating witness for the FBI under Blowers’s supervision.Blowers also admitted that the FBI squad that he was then charged with supervising was conducting a preliminary investigation into allegations of financial institution fraud and wire fraud against [this cooperating witness]."

3. He "admitted that, . . . he traveled to Las Vegas with [this cooperating witness] and although he did not pay for some of the costs of this trip,  "he falsely checked the box marked 'None' when reporting amounts received."

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