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Preview: Spy vs. Spy
(AUDIO ONLY) Later this week, we'll roll out a full-length episode with FBI Salt Lake City Division Supervisory Special Agent Benjamin Barron, who investigates counter-intelligence cases. However, with the recent developments involving indictments naming Russian nationals in the 2016 election, accusations of interference and tampering, and now President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's joint news conference after the U.S. / Russia summit in Helsinki, we thought it made a lot of sense to...
White-collar crime builds trust and breaks hearts
Michael Pickett, a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI's Salt Lake City Division, joins FBI Confidential host Debbie Dujanovic to discuss white collar crime. Pickett heads a unit dedicated to this type of crime. He explains the types of crime that constitute white collar as "anything to do with money." In the episode an elderly couple and a former police officer from Utah tell their stories of becoming fraud victims. We hear the word Ponzi Scheme all the time, but how many of us really...
Do you have an active shooter strategy?
AUDIO ONLY: The special agent who trains all SWAT members in the FBI's Salt Lake City Division says if you don't have an active shooter plan, you should get one and start practicing. In an interview with host Sheryl Worsley, the agent (whom we are not naming because he works active cases in the area) talks about how cell phones can both help and hurt in an active shooter situation. He explains the 'Run, Hide, Fight' protocol and explains why police responses to active shooters have changed...
Under the gun: firearms training simulator
FBI Salt Lake City Division Principal Firearms Instructor and Special Agent Jim Olson puts Becky Bruce and Sheryl Worsley to the test in the bureau's Firearms Training Simulator, or FATS. How do agents learn how to make split-second, life-or-death decisions without having to actually be in a dangerous situation? The FATS system is one way. Standing in front of a wall-sized screen, each agent is presented with a scenario that adapts and changes based on the agent's action, all designed to...
Quid pro quo: public corruption
FBI Supervisory Special Agent Michelle Pickens chats with FBI Confidential co-host Becky Bruce about public corruption investigations at the Salt Lake City Division. As long as people have had elected office and government jobs, people have been willing to try to bribe them. But that's just one type of public corruption the FBI investigates. In order to be consider public corruption, there has to be a "quid pro quo" - this for that - the public official, whether a government employee or...
TOC: Organized Crime isn't just in the big city
FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Doug Hart joins FBI Confidential co-host Debbie Dujanovic to talk about transnational organized crime, or TOC. The mafia may be something you associate with New York City or Chicago or gangster movies of the past, but the reality, Hart says, is that crime families are still operating today, and they indeed operate all over the country, not just in the big cities or on the coasts. A case in point is Enrico Ponzo, a member of the New England La Cosa...
When the FBI goes undercover, part 2
For the first time, a retired special agent is talking about his more than 20 years of work in undercover cases for the FBI. Greg Rogers sat down with FBI Confidential co-host Sheryl Worsley in part two of a two-part conversation on undercover operations. From Southeast Asia, where Rogers investigated pedophiles who traveled to Thailand, Cambodia and other countries to have sex with children, to northern Idaho and Montana, where he infiltrated militia groups, to drug lords in Salt Lake...
Under wraps: when the FBI goes undercover, part 1
The FBI's undercover program is the focus of the next two episodes of FBI Confidential, as host Sheryl Worsley learns how, when and why agents pretend to be someone they're not. In part one, we talk to Supervisory Special Agent Katrina Amos, who oversees the undercover program for the FBI Salt Lake City Division. She explains the training process and what has to happen behind the scenes before an agent goes undercover, from cases like Agent Joe Pistone's six-year-long "Donnie Brasco"...
Your civil rights and the FBI
Supervisory Special Agent Michelle Pickens investigates civil rights cases for the FBI Salt Lake City Division, which proves that hate crimes happen everywhere in the country. She tells host Becky Bruce that even in the year 2018, race is the number one motivator behind the commission of hate crimes, though religion, sexual orientation, gender and even multiple biases certainly show up on the list. One of the most common questions investigators get when it comes to civil rights is why...
Chasing the Dragon: Opioid Addiction in America
635 Utahns died as a result of drug overdoses in 2017, putting the rate of drug overdose deaths in Utah above the national average. The FBI Salt Lake City Division's Special Agent-In-Charge, Eric Barnhart, explains why opioids, in particular, have become a focal point for law enforcement trying to stop that trend. In this interview with host Debbie Dujanovic, SAC Barnhart talks about the challenges facing the bureau in cracking down on drug abuse, and what ordinary citizens can do - both...
Sovereign Citizens: free speech or domestic terrorism?
One of the chief duties of the FBI in its Salt Lake City Division and beyond is to investigate the threat of domestic terrorism, preventing attacks when possible and prosecuting those responsible when not. Supervisory Special Agent Juan Garcia walks host Sheryl Worsley through what domestic terrorism investigations entail, with special focus on the emerging threat known as sovereign citizens. A sovereign citizen is someone who believes the laws of the United States do not apply to them....
Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery
Most people think of human trafficking as something that happens in episodes of Law & Order: SVU - not a real-life event, and definitely not something that happens in so-called flyover country, so far removed from New York City and Los Angeles. But the FBI's Salt Lake City Division actively investigates cases of human sex trafficking right here in Utah and works to rescue people from bondage all the time. Special Agent Elizabeth Green stays in touch with people she's helped escape what...
Go behind the scenes at the FBI
Introducing FBI Confidential, a new podcast from KSL Newsradio and the FBI Salt Lake City Division. Each week, hosts Debbie Dujanovic, Sheryl Worsley and Becky Bruce take you inside the FBI with exclusive interviews with special agents on topics from human trafficking to crime scene investigation to organized crime, weapons of mass destruction and even computer forensics. We are so grateful to the FBI's Salt Lake City Division for giving us the access to put this project together. Anyone...