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Ex-FBI Agent Accused of Lying at James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Trial.

BOSTON (AP) — A former FBI agent lied to jurors during mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial and overstated his professional accomplishments, including falsely claiming to be the first officer who recovered the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr., federal officials said Thursday in announcing a perjury case against him. A retired FBI agent who was once second in command in the agency’s Boston office was arrested Thursday on perjury charges and accused of lying on the stand during the trial of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Robert Fitzpatrick, a former assistant special agent in charge for the FBI’s Boston office in the 1980s, was the first defense witness called during Mr.

Bob Fitzpatrick, who was demoted and resigned from the agency in 1986, is expected to be arraigned in federal court Thursday afternoon on 11 counts of obstruction of justice and perjury. “From approximately 1998 through the present, the defendant Fitzpatrick has falsely held himself out as a whistleblower who tried to end the FBI’s relationship with Bulger,” the indictment says. Fitzpatrick, the first witness called by Bulger’s attorneys during his 2013 racketeering trial, said he tried to persuade the FBI to terminate Bulger as an informant because the mobster didn’t appear to be helping its mission to gather information on the Mafia. Bulger, 84, was convicted in August 2013 of dozens of crimes stemming from his bloody reign over Boston’s underworld as the head of the Winter Hill Gang. Fitzpatrick adamantly maintains his innocence and looks forward to challenging the government’s accusations as soon as possible,” his lawyer, Robert Goldstein, said after the brief hearing. During Bulger’s trial, prosecutor Brian Kelly started his cross-examination of Fitzpatrick by asking him if he was a man who likes to make up stories.

On the eve of the trial, Fitzpatrick told NBC News in an interview that Bulger told him he was never an informant for the FBI — as assertion he repeated during the 2013 trial. He testified during Bulger’s trial that his goal was to stop “people inside the FBI and outside the FBI that were leaking information, causing a lot of the investigations to go south, in other words, to get corrupted.” “I met with the Assistant Director…

Kelly then told Fitzpatrick that a report says someone else took the rifle from police officers and turned the bundle over to the FBI three hours later. “I took the bundle from the scene,” Fitzpatrick explained. Fitzpatrick has said he quit the FBI in disgust over corruption, but the indictment charges that he left after being demoted for falsifying reports related to his investigation of an unrelated shooting. Fitzpatrick also told jurors that in 1981, about six years after Bulger began working an informant, he was given the task of assessing whether the mobster was providing the FBI with useful information.

Speaking during the Bulger trial, Fitzpatrick said he decided to resign from the FBI because he had reported criminal activity by another agent, prosecutors say. The government convicted his former FBI handler in 2002 for tipping off a pending indictment, which helped the gangster escape Boston and evade capture.

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