18-year veteran of FBI to head Md.-Del. office

Perkins led fraud unit in 1990s in Baltimore

January 08, 2004|By Gail Gibson | Gail Gibson,SUN STAFF

Kevin L. Perkins, an 18-year FBI veteran who previously oversaw financial fraud investigations in Baltimore, has been tapped to head the FBI's Maryland and Delaware operations, the bureau said yesterday.

Perkins, 43, is a certified public accountant whose bureau career has also included stops in Kansas City, Mo., Philadelphia and FBI headquarters in Washington. As the special agent in charge in Baltimore, he will oversee about 330 employees, including 200 agents.

He is expected to begin work in Baltimore by the end of the month.

Through a spokesman, Perkins said yesterday that he was "looking forward to continuing the cooperative efforts between the FBI, business and law enforcement communities."

Perkins comes to Baltimore from Atlanta, where he was dispatched about six weeks ago to serve as the acting special agent in charge. Since September 2002, he had served as a deputy assistant director in the inspection division at FBI headquarters.

In Baltimore, Perkins will replace Gary M. Bald, who was named to the bureau's third-highest anti-terrorism post in November. Bald had served as the special agent in charge since fall 2002, taking over the office just days before it became involved in the hunt for the suspects in the Washington-area sniper attacks.

Perkins will be the eighth special agent in charge in Baltimore in the last 13 years. The high turnover rate is caused partly by the field office's proximity to Washington - good top agents here get noticed and often are tapped to work at headquarters or in larger field offices.

A graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, Perkins joined the bureau as an agent in 1986 and was assigned to offices first in Kansas City, Mo., and then in Baltimore, from 1991 to 1992. After transferring to headquarters, Perkins returned to Baltimore in 1994 to serve as a supervisory agent, overseeing a white-collar crime squad responsible for investigations of health care and bank fraud and other economic crimes.

In 1999, Perkins was named assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office, where he headed investigations into white-collar crime and computer hacking. Perkins worked in Philadelphia until 2001, when he moved to the inspection division at FBI headquarters.

While in Washington, Perkins also served as the FBI's liaison to the Justice Department's inspector general.

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