One special agent
John Longmire (BBA ’01), a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Washington Field Office, received a 2012 Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, the second highest award for employee performance given by the Department of Justice.
Longmire was part of a team of FBI agents and federal prosecutors recognized for their exceptional contributions in connection with the investigation and prosecution of former congressman William J. Jefferson of Louisiana and his co-conspirators.
The investigation, which began in March 2005 while Jefferson was a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, resulted in the prosecution and conviction of Jefferson for 11 counts of bribery, honest services fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) violations. Jefferson used his position as an elected official to corruptly demand that hundreds of thousands of dollars be paid to himself and his family members from business executives in exchange for his official assistance in winning businesses contracts in Western Africa.
In November 2009, Jefferson was sentenced to 13 years in prison, the longest sentence ever imposed for a current or former member of Congress. Jefferson was also ordered to forfeit more than $470,000.
Longmire grew up in Athens but currently lives in Clifton, Va., just outside Washington, D.C., with his wife, Julie.