FBI Boston Division Announces Retirement of Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers
|FBI Boston June 11, 2013|
BOSTON, MA—Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Boston Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced his retirement from government service, effective July 13, 2013, culminating a distinguished 26 and a half-year career with the FBI.
Mr. DesLauriers has served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Division since July 2010. In this position and in past roles, Mr. DesLauriers has overseen many significant investigations, including the 2010 arrests of 10 illegal “sleeper” agents of the Russian government; the arrest of FBI Top Ten Fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, a fugitive for 16 years; the terrorism convictions of Tarek Mehanna and Rezwan Ferdaus; the conviction of former Speaker of the Massachusetts House Salvatore DiMasi; the arrest and convictions of Anthony DiNunzio and Luigi Mannochio, former leaders of the New England La Cosa Nostra; and significant progress made in the theft of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, among many other high-impact FBI investigations.
Recently, he has overseen the counterterrorism investigation of the bombings which occurred on April 15, 2013, during the Boston Marathon.
Mr. DesLauriers, a native of Longmeadow, Massachusetts, entered on duty with the FBI in January 1987. He has served in the Birmingham, New York, and Boston Field Offices, along with several different assignments at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., including deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters, where he was responsible for nationwide counterintelligence operations and espionage investigations.
In announcing his retirement, Mr. DesLauriers noted, “It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve for the past three years as SAC of the Boston Division of the FBI. I thank the very hard working women and men of the FBI for their dedicated public service to our great nation, and I thank our many law enforcement and United States Attorney’s Office partners for their enduring friendship and countless contributions to enhancing public safety and security across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine.”
Mr. DesLauriers has received numerous professional awards and commendations during his career and last month received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from his alma mater Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he served as the 2013 commencement speaker.
Mr. DesLauriers has accepted a position as vice president of Corporate Security with Penske Corporation in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.