November 14th, 2007 06:41 EST
Ex-FBI Agent Pleads Guilty
On November 13, a Lebanese national named Nada Nadim Prouty admitted that she fraudulently obtained U.S. citizenship, which she used to get a job with both the CIA and the FBI. While serving as an FBI agent, she also accessed our computer systems to get information about her family and about the international terrorist organization Hizballah.
Prouty, who pled guilty to three charges in Detroit, faces up to 16 years in prison. The ongoing case is being investigated by the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with help from the Department of State, the Diplomatic Security Service, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Here are the facts and timeline of the case:
- On June 24, 1989, Prouty first entered the U.S. on a student visa.
- To stay in the U.S. illegally, she paid a U.S. citizen to get married to her on August 9, 1990. She never lived with the husband she married fraudulently, but instead resided in Michigan with her sister and another man.
- Using a series of false and forged documents, Prouty was granted U.S. citizenship in 1994 under the name “Nada Nadim Deladurantaye.” She later divorced her “husband.”
- During parts of 1992, 1993, and 1994, Prouty worked for Talal Khalil Chahine, owner of a chain of Middle Eastern restaurants in Detroit. Chahine is a fugitive currently wanted for a series of crimes, including concealing some $20 million in cash and sending money to Lebanon.
- In April 1999, using the name “Nada Nadim Alley” and her fraudulently obtained citizenship papers, Prouty was hired as a special agent of the FBI. She worked at our Washington field office on a squad that investigated crimes against U.S. persons overseas. She did not work on cases involving Hizballah.
- In September 2000, after Prouty’s sister married Chahine, Prouty used our computerized Automated Case System to improperly query information on herself, her sister, and her brother-in-law. In June 2003, she also used this system to get information on an investigation into Hizballah by our Detroit office.
- In June 2003, Prouty left the FBI and was hired by the CIA, again by using false information and documents. She resigned that position on November 6.
“We became aware of this compromise in December 2005 and moved to address any further damage,” said Willie T. Hulon, Executive Assistant Director of our National Security Branch. “The FBI worked closely with other agencies to investigate this matter. We continue to evaluate our security practices and will make any necessary changes.”
For more information:
- Prouty guilty plea
- Chahine 2007 indictment
- Chahine 2006 indictment
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