November 14, 2007 in Nation/World

Ex-FBI, CIA agent lied about marriage

The Spokesman-Review
 

A former agent for the FBI and CIA pleaded guilty Tuesday to faking a marriage in 1990 to win U.S. citizenship, which later cleared the way to being hired and given security clearances by the two intelligence agencies.

Nada Nadim Prouty, 37, emigrated to United States from Lebanon in 1989. She was given U.S. citizenship five years later and began working as a special agent at the FBI’s field office in Washington in 1999, according to a criminal information sheet filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

While working as a special agent, Prouty improperly searched an FBI computer database for information about her relatives and links they might have to the Hezbollah terrorist organization, the criminal sheet showed. She joined the CIA in 2003 and resigned as part of her guilty plea Tuesday, officials said.

According to the court documents, released in Washington by the Justice Department, Prouty lived in Taylor, Mich., with her sister when her visa ran out in 1990. That summer, she paid off an unemployed U.S. citizen to marry her in a civil ceremony in Detroit. But the two never lived together and the marriage was never consummated, the documents show.

ATLANTA

Nazi dog handler returns to Germany

An 85-year-old man accused of being a Nazi dog handler has returned to Germany rather than fight to stay in the U.S., a federal prosecutor told a judge Tuesday at a deportation hearing.

Paul Henss was accused of training and handling attack dogs at the Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps. U.S. Immigration Judge J. Dan Pelletier ordered him deported after a 30-minute hearing conducted without Henss or an attorney on his behalf present.

Henss left Friday for his native Germany, Edgar Chen, an attorney with the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations, told the judge.

The government said Henss, a German citizen, assisted in Nazi persecution of Jews, a crime punishable by deportation under U.S. immigration law. He acknowledged to reporters last month at his home in suburban Lawrenceville that he had trained dogs but said he fought in Russia and never set foot inside Dachau or Buchenwald.

LAS VEGAS

O.J. wanted ‘heat,’ witness testifies

O.J. Simpson’s one-time golfing pal said Tuesday the former football star wanted him to bring “heat” to a confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers in a hotel room.

Minutes later, Simpson’s lawyer accused the friend, Walter Alexander, of being a liar, and the two wound up in a shouting match in the third day of a preliminary hearing in the armed robbery case.

Alexander’s testimony was the strongest for prosecutors so far. He and Michael McClinton, who also testified against Simpson Tuesday, struck deals with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to lesser charges, as did Charles Cashmore, who testified last week.

“After he asked me if I could watch his back, he leaned forward and it was kind of like, ‘Hey, do you think you can get some heat?’ ” Alexander said. ” ‘Just in case things go wrong, can you bring some heat?’ ”

Simpson, 60, has maintained in interviews and through his lawyers that he never saw any guns or asked anyone to bring them to the hotel room.


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