FBI names 21-year veteran to head Chicago office


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Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 11:25 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) A 21-year FBI veteran with experience investigating terrorism, organized crime and drug-trafficking cases has been named as the new head of the agency's high-profile Chicago office, the FBI announced Wednesday

Cory B. Nelson will oversee an office that has taken a lead role in prominent investigations in recent years, including the corruption case of now-imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and multiple terrorism cases.

Nelson replaces Robert Grant, who retired in September after more than seven years as the special agent in charge of the Chicago office. Grant left to take a global-security position with Walt Disney Co. in Los Angeles.

Most recently, Nelson was deputy assistant director of the FBI's inspection division in Washington, D.C. He previously headed the agency's San Antonio office and has also served as the assistant special agent in charge of the Denver office.

Among his other assignments, Nelson was deputy director of the Terrorist Screening Center, which keeps the government's terrorist watch list. Early in his career, he helped investigate the Genovese crime family in New York.

Chicago has been a hotbed not only for political corruption scandals, but also for mob investigations and for drug-trafficking cases involving reputed cartel kingpins in Mexico.














 




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