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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 8,, 2005

Retired FBI agent to discuss temptation to be unethical 

           Retired FBI agent Oliver G. Halle, known for his work on a unit that ultimately convicted key members of the Columbo organized crime family, will speak at The Citadel at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in Graham Copeland Auditorium, Room 117, Grimsley Hall.

           Halle is president of Oliver G. Halle & Associates, Inc., a firm that specializes in white-collar investigative services. He began his FBI career in Greenville in 1975, working bank robberies and general property crimes. In 1978, he was transferred to New York City where he worked foreign counterintelligence and organized crime. In 1985, Halle was reassigned to Atlanta where he investigated major corruption cases. He retired from the FBI in August 2003.

           Halle is an FBI certified legal, ethics and police instructor. He has taught numerous classes to FBI agents, New York City police, Georgia police academies and other federal agencies.

           A graduate of the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., Halle served as a division officer on the USS Springfield and as an officer-in-charge of a Swift Boat in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V for meritorious action. Halle has degrees from Elon College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Masters of Laws degree from New York University. He is married to Mollie Johnson Halle, a native of Charleston

           Halle's presentation is called "Taking The Harder Right" - a title is taken from the cadet prayer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It implores the cadets "to always strive to take the harder right instead of the easier wrong, to never be content with a half truth when the whole can be won." The presentation covers some of the unforeseen pressures people can face in their careers that could cause them to take the easier wrong instead of the harder right.

           The lecture, which is sponsored by The Citadel Department of Math and Computer Science, is free and open to the public.





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