FBI agent tapped to lead New Orleans field office has experience in investigating corruption, organized crime _lowres

FBI Director James B. Comey has named Jeffrey S. Sallet as the special agent in charge of the New Orleans Division. Mr. Sallet most recently served as the section chief of the public corruption and civil rights section in the Criminal Investigative Division, where he had oversight and responsibility over the public corruption, international corruption, international human rights, and civil rights investigative programs.

A longtime FBI agent who has spent much of his career investigating corruption and organized crime has been named to lead the bureau’s New Orleans Division.

Jeffrey Sallet, who most recently oversaw public corruption and civil rights probes out of FBI headquarters, will take the local reins next month as special agent in charge.

He replaces Mike Anderson, who was recently promoted to head the bureau’s Chicago division.

Sallet, an accountant who joined the FBI in 1997, served as the case agent in the investigation of Joseph Massino, a former boss of the Bonanno organized crime family in New York. He was credited with engineering a plan that used seized financial documents to implicate lower-level operatives.

“This investigation led to the indictment and conviction of Massino and over 100 organized crime figures as well as the successful resolution of over 30 cold-case murders,” the FBI said in a news release.

In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Sallet was tasked with tracking al-Qaida’s financial assets.

As special agent in charge in New Orleans, Sallet will oversee the bureau’s operations around the state.