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ATF’s Mark Potter Leaving Philly to Become Assistant Director at Headquarters

Mark Potter/atf photo

Mark Potter/atf photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Mark Potter, head of ATF in Philadelphia, is headed to the mothership in Washington in January to become the agency’s assistant director/chief financial officer, Office of Management.

Potter, who has been with ATF for more than 23 years, has headed up the Philly office for the past 7 1/2 years.

At his new post at headquarters Potter will serve as principal assistant to the Director and oversee ATF’s financial management, human resources, asset forfeiture and seized property, procurement, internal controls and facilities and space management.

Potter says the new job isn’t what he envisioned doing when he entered law enforcement to put away bad guys.

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George Venizelos to Head Up Philly FBI Office

Acting Head Venizelos at gang arrests in Newburgh, N.Y./fbi photo

Acting Head Venizelos at gang arrests in Newburgh, N.Y./fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — George Venizelos will take over the FBI’s Philadelphia office, replacing Janice Fedarcyk who recently took over the New York FBI Office, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Venizelos is the special agent in charge of the Administrative Division for the FBI’s New York Division and temporarily filled in for a while as head of the New York office.

He joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Boston Division working white-collar crime, the FBI said. In 1997, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Russian Organized Crime Unit at FBI Headquarters.

In September 1999 he served as supervisory senior resident agent for the Philadelphia Division’s Harrisburg Resident Agency and was promoted in 2002 to assistant special agent in charge of the New York criminal division.

In 2003, he was became the assistant special agent in charge of New York’s Counterterrorism Division.

Two years later, he became an inspector at FBI headquarters and led inspection teams at FBI field offices and overseas legal attaché offices.

He became the special agent in charge of the New York Field Office’s Administrative Division in November 2006.

Prior to joining the FBI, he was a DEA agent.

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Beloved FBI Organized Crime Fighter Gino Lazzari Dies at Age 85

fbi photo

fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired Philly FBI agent Gino L. Lazzari, who worked organized crime cases, and was beloved by colleagues and mobsters alike, died on Saturday at age 85 in a suburb of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

Lazzari, who was an FBI agent for 25 years, went on after he retired to become  an investigator for the Pennslyvania Crime Commission, the paper reported. He worked a variety of FBI offices and arrived in Philly in the 1960s.

“Anybody who worked in organized crime, knew and loved Gino,” Andrew Sloan, a retired FBI agent who worked with Gino in organized crime told the Daily News. “Nobody was more liked than Gino.”

“He was a terrific human being. Even the mob guys liked him.”

The paper reported that he was a man of detail. He knew “the pedigrees of every mob figure, who their parents were, who their children were, and what their connections were among themselves in the criminal organization” the paper reported.

“In the days before computers, we used to refer to him as our computer,” said Jack Howell, a former supervisor on the organized crime squad told the paper. “We would be chasing Bruno or some mob figure and Gino would remember all the license numbers. He knew how to tie people together in the mob.”

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Breaking News: Philly’s Janice Fedarcyk Named Head of New York FBI; First Woman To Head Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Janice Fedarcyk, one of the names that had been circulating as a prospect to head the New York FBI,  has been named to that post. She is the first female to head that office.

Janice K. Fedarcyk-FBI Philadelphia

Janice K. Fedarcyk-FBI Philadelphia

Fedarcyk currently heads up the Philadelphia FBI. Agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the N.Y.  office, confirmed the appointment Thursday afternoon.

She replaces Joseph Demarest, who left the office under a cloud and was later assigned to headquarters  where he now works as Assistant Director of the International Operations Division.

He had  been under internal investigation in connection with an affair he’d had with a supervisor in his office. Investigators were looking into whether he had been totally forthright when questioned about it.

At the time, no permanent replacement had been named, so the office’s special agent in charge George Venizelos was named as the interim head.

Early on, Fedarcyk’s name had surfaced as a candidate along with some others including Andy Arena, who heads the Detroit FBI.

Student Detained at Philly Airport for Arabic Flash Cards Sues FBI and TSA

philly airportBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some Arabic flashcards are at the center of a lawsuit against the FBI, police and the Transportation Security Administration.

The Associated Press is reporting that a student is suing the agencies after he was handcuffed at Philadelphia International Airport in August and questioned about his Arabic flash cards.

The AP reported the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of Nick George, 22, of Wyncote, Pa.

It alleges that George, who studies Arabic at Pomona College in California, was detained for four hours and missed his flight to California even after it became apparent he was no threat, the news service reported.