A 48-year veteran of the FBI, former Supervisory Special Agent Neil Moran shared his experience with Chaminade's Social Studies Club Thursday, March 7. He also offered advice to students who may be considering a career with the bureau or in public service.
The FBI investigates various types of crimes, including those relating to terrorism, public corruption, cybercrime, civil rights, espionage, and white-collar crimes. Special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and information technology specialists are among the professionals who fill the FBI's ranks in the U.S. and around the world.
Moran, who worked out of the FBI's New York office, was involved in some of the most notable cases in our region. One of his first high-profile assignments was the investigation into the kidnapping of Marci Klein, daughter of fashion designer Calvin Klein. He also investigated the 1978 Lufthansa heist made famous by the movie Goodfellas, the 1991 Crown Heights riot, and the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996.
Students also listened as Moran described one of his favorite cases, Operation Winged Foot, which led to the arrest of more than 150 people for insurance fraud. Moran spent a year working undercover.
Moran told Social Studies Club members about the qualifications needed to become an FBI agent and that agents with backgrounds in accounting, law, computer science, languages, and biosciences are in particular demand today.
"If you have a good head on your shoulders, don't be afraid to assume responsibility and leadership," Moran said. "Work at your education. Build your resume. Volunteer. Seek the advice and counsel of those you respect and trust. Pay attention to detail – it's the little things that matter!"