Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 4, 2009

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

John V. Gillies Named Special Agent in Charge of Miami Division

John V. Gillies has been named special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Miami Division. Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed him to this position to replace former SAC Jonathan I. Solomon, who retired. Most recently, Mr. Gillies served as SAC of the FBI’s St. Louis Division.

Mr. Gillies entered on duty with the FBI in October 1983 as a financial analyst before becoming a special agent in 1985. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he reported to the Albany Division, where he investigated white collar crime and public corruption matters. He was also detailed to the Binghamton Resident Agency to investigate an international fraud scheme.

Mr. Gillies was assigned to the New York Division in 1989 to investigate counterintelligence matters. In 1993, he was assigned to the San Diego Division, where he investigated bank failures and a judicial corruption matter that led to the indictments and convictions of three California Superior Court judges. He reported to the Honolulu Division in 1996, where he worked public corruption and complex financial crimes. In 1997, he was promoted to supervisory special agent, and oversaw white collar crime and public corruption investigations in Hawaii and American Samoa. Mr. Gillies also supervised the Civil Rights program and the National Infrastructure Protection Center/Computer Crimes program.

In 2002, Mr. Gillies was promoted to unit chief of the Financial Institution Fraud (FIF) unit within the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters. In this capacity, Mr. Gillies was responsible for the coordination, development, direction, and supervision of the FIF program, including such matters as bank failure, identity theft, mortgage fraud, and cyber banking. He was also responsible for liaison with the Bank Fraud Working Group and bank regulatory agencies.

In 2004, Mr. Gillies reported as the assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Division. He had oversight responsibility for the white collar crime, cyber, counterintelligence, civil rights, and administrative programs. In May 2006, he returned to FBI Headquarters as the section chief of the violent crimes section of the Criminal Investigative Division, with responsibility for violent crimes, crimes against children, crimes in Indian Country, special jurisdiction crimes, and transportation crimes. In 2007, he was appointed SAC of the St. Louis Division.

Mr. Gillies was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and business administration from Illinois State University in 1982. Prior to joining the Bureau, he worked as an accountant. Mr. Gillies is a frequent instructor to law enforcement, civic, and private sector organizations on a variety of topics. He has also taught at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Bangkok, Thailand and at the Middle Eastern Law Enforcement Training Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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