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Head of FBI D.C. Office Joseph Persichini Jr. Retiring

FBI's Joseph Persichin Jr./ photo
FBI’s Joseph Persichin Jr./ photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Joseph Persichini Jr., who has headed the FBI Washington field office for the past three years, is retiring at the end of the year.

Persichini, 55, was special agent in charge of the administrative division at the Washington field office before he rose in 2006 to the top post in the office and was named assistant director in charge, replacing Mike Mason who eventually went on to take a job with Verizon.

He began his FBI career in 1976 as an accountant at FBI headquarters in the Budget and Accounting Section and became a special agent in 1980, according to the FBI.

As head of the D.C. FBI field office, he oversaw some major cases including the anthrax investigation and the tax scandal in the D.C. Tax Office, which involved the theft of some $50 million.

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Comment from north34949
Time November 13, 2009 at 6:58 pm

So, is this a result of the cheating probe? Were a street agent caught, he/she would be in chains.

Comment from cv60pao
Time November 26, 2009 at 2:35 am

Knew him from my NY days. Thought he lacked integrity and was a hotheaded bully when given a modicum of authority. Glad to see him go.

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