FBI agent leases building to FBI and lies about it…BTW that’s illegal

In 2001, Philip Halbert Neilson was placed as the supervisory agent in charge of locating the building that the FBI would be using  in Oxford, MS.  Agent Neilson made his recommendation and the FBI moved in and set up shop.  Everything is cool to this point.

After the FBI took out the long term lease with the then building “owners,” Agent Neilson suddenly became a business partner with the “owners”  and used the $50,000 that the federal government paid the buildings “owners” to pay off his “personal expenses” and “credit cards.”

In 2005, (4YEARS LATER) Neilson failed to list the building as an asset when he submitted a financial disclosure form to the FBI.

In 2008, (3 YEARS LATER) Neilson lies about his involvement to govt. officials in an interview.

Now in January of 2009, Neilson is brought up on charges.  He now faces a 5 count indictment that carries a max of 25 years in prison and a $1.5 million dollar fine if convicted.


Here is a breakdown of all 5 counts from the DOJ news release:

The indictment alleges that NEILSON is a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and that beginning in 2001 he took an active part in the construction and lease of the Oxford FBI Building. Counts One and Two allege that NEILSON failed to disclose to the FBI the fact that he had a financial interest in the Oxford FBI Building since 2004.
Counts Three and Four allege that in 2004 and 2005, as the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent in Charge of the Oxford Resident Agency, NEILSON was required to truthfully complete an annual report of his assets and income, liabilities, and positions with organizations outside of his FBI employment. The indictment further alleges that NEILSON knowingly and willfully made and used, and caused to be made and used, a false writing and document (that is, his 2004 and 2005 Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports), knowing the Reports to contain material false and fraudulent statements and entries.
Count Five alleges that in October 2008, NEILSON knowingly and willfully made, and caused to be made, a materially false and fraudulent statement and representation to an agent of the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, during an interview of NEILSON.

The case is being investigated by Special Agent Susan Howell of the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys René Salomon and Rich Bourgeois of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana.

The case is being prosecuted by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and U.S. Attorney David Dugas of Baton Rouge due to U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee’s office being in Oxford.

Here is the DOJ News Release concerning Neilson’s case.

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Posted on January 27, 2010, in culture, documentary, mississippi, My World, politics, USA and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. this is hysterical…what will be his defense: temporary insanity?

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