Miami-Dade County

December 6, 2013

Workers charged with ripping off FBI at bureau’s new field office in Broward

Crime lesson No. 1: If you’re going to run a scam on somebody, the FBI might not be the best target.

Crime lesson No. 1: If you’re going to run a scam on somebody, the FBI might not be the best target.

Federal agents busted a trio this week accused of trying to skim off a construction contract with the nation’s top crime-fighting agency.

Here’s how it went down: Three men working for a subcontractor at the FBI’s new field office in Miramar “fluffed” the amount of electrical wire needed for the job, according to a criminal complaint. Then they got caught Wednesday after selling some of the stolen wiring for $23,660 in cash.

Busted: William E. Hamilton, Robert Gesek and Michael McGuire. They work for the FBI project’s electrical subcontractor, M.C. Dean, based in Virginia.

On Thursday, each defendant was granted a $150,000 bond in Fort Lauderdale federal court. Arraignments are pending.

The FBI’s anti-corruption squad learned about the alleged caper from a confidential source, the complaint said. The sale happened outside a Miramar warehouse, where the electrical wire had been hauled.

Afterward, the two buyers told FBI agents that they paid about $23,000 in cash but did not know the wiring was stolen, the complaint said. The agents stopped two of the defendants in their car and found two envelopes stuffed with the cash in the front seat.

The FBI’s new Miami field office — a pair of wavy-shaped glass buildings off Interstate 75 — is scheduled be ready in the fall. For years, the regional office has operated out of a concrete, bunker-like structure in North Miami Beach.

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