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Karen E. Spangenberg Named SAC in Springfield

Washington, D.C. May 11, 2007
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Washington, D.C.—Karen E. Spangenberg, a 27-year veteran of the FBI, has been named Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI's Springfield Office. Most recently, Ms. Spangenberg served as the Section Chief of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, DC.

Ms. Spangenberg entered on duty as a Special Agent of the FBI in 1980. Following training at the FBI's Academy in Quantico, Virginia, she investigated white collar crime matters in the FBI's Buffalo Division. In 1982, Ms. Spangenberg transferred to the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Division where she worked bank failure cases. She transferred to the Chicago Division in 1986 where she worked public corruption matters.

In 1988, the FBI transferred and promoted Ms. Spangenberg to FBIHQ as a Supervisor in the Criminal Investigative Division, White Collar Crime Section, Financial Crimes Unit. In 1990, Ms. Spangenberg transferred to the Tampa, Florida, Division as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) of the Pinellas County and Sarasota, Florida, Resident Agencies. As SSRA, she had supervisory responsibility for all

riminal programs. She also served as an Inspector's Aide-In-Place during this assignment.
In 1995, Ms. Spangenberg returned to Washington, DC, for a second tour where the FBI named her lead investigator to the Office of Independent Counsel David Barrett. In this position, she had oversight for the investigation of former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Ms. Spangenberg returned to FBIHQ in 1998 as Unit Chief of the Bank Fraud and Embezzlement Unit in the Financial Crimes Section, CID. In 1999, the FBI named her Deputy Legal Attaché for the FBI's London, England Legal Attaché, where she supervised all FBI programs and had territorial responsibility for the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland.

In July 2003, Director Mueller promoted Ms. Spangenberg to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of the FBI's Buffalo, New York, Office, where she provided program oversight for all investigative and administrative operations in the Division.

Ms. Spangenberg was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. In 1978, she graduated from Clarkson College, in Potsdam, New York, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, she worked in Buffalo, New York, as an auditor at Marine Midland Bank and then at M&T Bank as a financial analyst.