U.S. FBI Director Robert Mueller named April Brooks as special agent in charge of the New York office’s criminal division, which has spearheaded probes of terrorism and insider-trading.
Brooks, 45, who began her career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an agent in the Los Angeles office in 1990, replaces Diego Rodriguez, was promoted to head the Dallas office in June. In New York, Brooks will supervise units including the securities and commodities fraud squads.
She is the first woman to head the criminal division in New York. Her boss, Janice Fedarcyk, head of the FBI’s New York office, was the first woman to serve as Assistant Director in Charge of the New York office when she was appointed in 2010.
Brooks, who has investigated white-collar crime, violent gangs, drugs and crimes against children, most recently served as a special assistant to the executive assistant director of the FBI’s human resources branch. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oklahoma Baptist University.
“My career at the FBI has afforded me the opportunity to investigate costly white-collar crimes, rid our communities of violent criminals, and oversee initiatives created to protect society’s most innocent victims,” Brooks said in a statement.
The FBI’s New York office has worked with Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Preet Bharara’s office to crack down on insider trading involving portfolio managers, analysts and employees of technology companies.
To date, at least 70 people have been charged with insider trading since August 2009 and 65 have either pleaded guilty or been convicted after trial in federal court in New York, according to figures provided by U.S. officials.
Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director Rajat Gupta was convicted June 15 of passing nonpublic information about the bank to his associate and former business partner, Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam, who was sentenced last year to 11 years in prison for insider trading.
“As the newly appointed special agent in charge of the New York FBI’s Criminal Division, I look forward to working with the dedicated men and women of our office as we continue to focus on the FBI’s most significant criminal threats,” Brooks said.