Critical-thinking professional seeking to parlay distinguished 20-year career in homeland security into a rewarding career as a law firm investigator or paralegal.
Expert investigator with a sharp analytical mind and keen eye for detail in identifying evasive, eye-opening facts on which to build case strategy. Current U.S. Homeland Security Eldorado Task Force Agent whose vast experience includes multilayered, covert investigations into international money laundering, narcotics trafficking, child exploitation, cyber security, and potential terrorist threats. Highly skilled in reviewing voluminous discovery documents, interviewing witnesses, interrogating suspects, obtaining official statements, cultivating informants, and collaborating with law enforcement officials. 6+ years of paralegal experience early in career.
Areas of expertise:
Criminal and Civil Cases
Public Safety and Security
Asset Forfeiture Identification
Bank Secrecy Act
Custom Broker Investigations
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY / HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS New York, NY
Senior Special Agent / Acting Supervisor 2011 to Present
Senior Special Agent 2004 to 2011
Special Agent 1997 to 2004
Conduct both criminal and civil investigations into state / federal law violations and public security issues, with focus on money laundering, drug trafficking, child pornography and exploitation, terrorist threats, and terrorism financing. Conduct undercover surveillance of targeted persons, locations, and establishments. Meticulously gather, analyze, and maintain evidence. Analyze personal and business records, interview witnesses and suspects, and obtain signed statements and affidavits. Prepare investigative reports and assist in all aspects of case development. Collaborate daily with law enforcement, government, military, and court officials to orchestrate successful investigations and trials. Assist prosecutors in filing charges; appear and testify in court. Draft legal documents, subpoenas, search warrants, arrest warrants, and affidavits.
Fostered and continued to fortify productive relationships with Customs Border and Protection, Drug Enforcement Agency, Secret Service, NYC Police Department, and other investigative agencies.
Played a significant role in the successful El Dorado Task Force charged with linking the proceeds of narcotics trafficking and other financial crimes in the region encompassing the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) of New York and New Jersey to narcotics organizations in Colombia and Mexico in order to disrupt, dismantle, and render ineffective these organizations.
Conducted a year-long money-laundering investigation including cultivation of confidential informants who used purported narcotics proceeds to purchase money orders and wire transfer funds to Colombia. Search warrants served at multiple locations yielded the arrests of five individuals as well as seizures of $150K in U.S. currency, money orders, computers, receipts, and miscellaneous records.
Conducted child exploitation and child pornography investigations leading to the arrest of 100+ perpetrators.
Trained U.S. military units prior to their deployment to combat zones. Presented combat scenarios and instructed personnel in the military decision-making process (MDMP)--a structured, seven-step process for military decision-making.
Recipient of prestigious performance-based recognitions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including awards for contributing the successful investigations into narcotics, money laundering, child pornography, and asset identification and removal.
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE / DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY Newark, NJ
Paralegal Specialist 1991 to 1997
Coordinated trial preparation for Assistant United States attorneys in both criminal and civil matters across Strike Force (organized crime) and Civil Divisions. Conducted extensive legal research, interviewed and evaluated witnesses, and collaborated with agency partners in fact-finding missions. Reviewed case records to identify relevant laws, issues, fact inconsistencies, evidence, and legal precedents; presented findings to attorneys. Drafted legal briefs and advisory opinions for attorney review. Transcribed transcripts for pending trials.
Valued for ability to sort through mountains of paperwork and organize pertinent documents into organized, indexed binders providing attorneys with everything required for successful court appearances.
Provided exceptional paralegal support leading to successful desired outcomes in numerous cases, including U.S. vs. Salvatore Lombardi, U.S. vs. Local 560, and U.S. vs. Gerry Giampa.
UNITED STATES ARMY / RESERVES / NATIONAL GUARD
Lieutenant Colonel 1983 to 2015
Made valuable contributions to military objectives throughout distinguished service (both active and reserve duty) in the United States Army. Duties included operations / training, tactical command, military police and inspector general duties, personnel management, and corrections.
Served with distinction in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Recipient of numerous awards for dedicated service, including Meritorious Service Medal, Army Accommodation Medal (ARCOM), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army National Guard Desert Storm Ribbon, Armed Forces Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement odal, Army Service Ribbon, and Army National Guard Merit Award.
Education & Training
Master of Public Administration (MPA) Minor in Criminal Justice / Court Administration
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY South Orange, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Human Services Minor in Criminal Justice
THOMAS EDISON STATE COLLEGE Trenton, NJ
STATE OF NJ
Handgun Skills Child Exploitation HIFCA /HIDTA Tracing Illegal Proceeds Financial Investigations Tactics and Officer Survival Money Laundering Investigations Classified Information Commercial Vehicle and Drug Interdiction Civil Assets Forfeiture Reform Act Advanced Telephone Analysis Personal Search Training Intelligence Operations Reid Interrogation Course Criminal Investigator School
Professional Certifications Pending:
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
MS Office Suite, TECS, ICM, CLEAR / LexisNexis, FinCEN, DMV, ENFORCE, NFTS, NCIC, FALCON
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