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Diplomatic Security Special Agent Receives Investigator of the Year Award

Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2004

Gazman “Gus” Xhudo, a Bureau of Diplomatic Security special agent with the New York Field Office, was named the 2004 Investigator/Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation today in a ceremony at the Waldof-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Xhudo received this award for his work with the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City. Xhudo and his fellow undercover agents investigated several foreign nationals who were seeking legitimate status as U.S. citizens under assumed identities to sell drugs to foreign countries. As a result of Xhudo’s work, the foreign nationals were arrested, and assets valued in excess of $100,000 were seized.

“Special agent Xhudo’s outstanding undercover work with the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force lead to the arrest of several foreign nationals attempting to defraud the United States and propagate the foreign drug trade,” said Ambassador Frank Taylor, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. “We in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security know the value of our agents, and it is positive reinforcement when other federal law enforcement agencies recognize our agents’ efforts as well,” Taylor said.

A Lodi, New Jersey, native, Xhudo received his doctorate from the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence from St. Andrews University in Scotland. Before working for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Xhudo was an adjunct professor at St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York, and contributed to Jane’s Intelligence Review, publishing articles on studies in conflict and violence. He initially worked as a contractor for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Visa Fraud Branch for 2 years before joining Diplomatic Security as a special agent in 1999.

“I wanted to be an agent because although serving as an analyst was rewarding, I felt the need to 'do more,' specifically, be in the field, as opposed to interpreting information received from the field. Working as an agent was the best way I could accomplish this, “said Xhudo.

Xhudo worked in visa fraud from 1999-2000, and then worked as the antifraud coordinator for the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2000-2002. He returned to the United States in 2002 to work on the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s New York Field Office.

“Everyone who knows Gus, knows of his high energy level and drive in support of Diplomatic Security's criminal program, which focuses on arresting violators of passport and visa fraud,” said assistant special agent-in-charge Sean O’Brien. “His actions as an undercover officer within this investigation reflects his creativity, self-initiative, and his desire to ‘raise the bar’ of our criminal program, "he said.

The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation is a nonprofit, New York-based organization that recognizes the accomplishments of federal law enforcement officers and provides assistance to their families. A panel of federal law enforcement organizations (U.S. Marshals, ATF, FBI, and others) selected Xhudo for the award.

Diplomatic Security is the worldwide law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State with special agents assigned to U.S. diplomatic missions overseas and field offices throughout the United States. Diplomatic Security special agents conduct passport and visa fraud investigations worldwide and are responsible for security at 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world.

[Regional release by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Public Affairs.] 


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