Thursday, April 13, 2006

Former Head of FBI El Paso Field Office Indicted

Former FBI Agent Hardrick Crawford, Jr., was indicted in the Western District of Texas on five counts of violating Sec. 1001 (press release here).  Crawford was the Special-Agent-in-Charge (SAC) of the El Paso field office from July 2001 until November 2003, and is accused of making false statements and concealing information about his relationship with a Mexican citizen who owns a race track in Ju├írez, Mexico.   An El Paso Times article (here) notes that the race track owner is suspected of being involved in drug smuggling, and that Crawford first got to know him when he was an FBI informant.  The indictment alleges that Crawford made a false statement about his relationship with the race track owner, concealed gifts from him, and made false disclosures on his financial disclosure forms.  The gifts allegedly include trips, a country club membership, and a $5,000-per-month job for Crawford's wife at the race track.  Crawford resigned as SAC when an ethics inquiry began about his relationship with the race track owner.  The Times article quotes Crawford's attorney as stating that his client "looks forward to finally being able to defend himself against these allegations that have been hanging over his head for two and a half years." (ph)

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