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New head named for FBI’s Boston office

Joseph R. Bonavolonta is the special-agent-in-charge of the Boston FBI officeFBI National Press Office

FBI Director Christopher Wray has named a former deputy assistant director for the FBI’s counterintelligence division as the new special-agent-in-charge of the Boston field office, officials said Monday.

Joseph R. Bonavolonta had served in the Washington position since March 2018. Before that, he was assistant special-agent-in-charge of the Boston field office from 2013 to 2017.

He began his career with the FBI in the New York field office in 1996 as an investigative specialist and got his first assignment as a special agent in 2000, the FBI said in a statement.

“His work led to the convictions and/or guilty pleas of dozens of high-ranking members and associates of the Bonanno LCN Family,” the statement said.


He moved to the organized crime section at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 2006, where he directed an investigation of joint criminal operations between American-based La Cosa Nostra families and the Sicilian Mafia.

From 2008 to 2013, he was the supervisory special agent of the corporate securities fraud squad at the agency’s Newark field office. Bonavolonta worked on investigations there of various kinds of economic crimes, including Internet fraud, wire and mail fraud, and money laundering.

He “is honored to be returning” to helm the Boston office, the FBI said in the statement.

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