- FBI Agent Faces Charges in Pellicano Case
An artist's rendition of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano and U.S.
District Judge Dale Fischer in May during Pellicano's trial. Actress Linda
Fiorentino, left, is the girlfriend of FBI agent Mark Rossini, who is charged in
the new case. (Photo By Mona Edwards -- Associated Press)
By _Del Quentin Wilber_
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 4, 2008; Page C08
A longtime _FBI agent_
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/related/topic/Federal+Bureau+of+Investigation?tid=informline) has been accused of accessing
bureau computers to help high-profile Los Angeles private investigator _Anthony
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/related/topic/Anthony+Pellicano?tid=informline) in his recent federal trial on wiretapping and racketeering
charges, according to charging documents and law enforcement officials
familiar with the case.
Mark T. Rossini, 47, who lives in New York, was charged Monday in _U.S.
(http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/related/topic/U.S.+District+Court?tid=informline) here with five misdemeanor counts of illegally accessing
computers at the bureau's headquarters between January and July 2007.
Officials say he was searching for reports dealing with Pellicano.
The charges come in what's known as a "criminal information," which can be
filed only with a defendant's consent and generally signals a plea deal is
near. Rossini is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Monday. Rossini's status at
the bureau could not be determined. His lawyer did not return a phone call
Rossini's girlfriend, the actress Linda Fiorentino, known for her role in
"The Last Seduction," has personal ties to Pellicano, according to law
In May, Pellicano was convicted by a federal jury in Los Angeles of
conspiring to run a criminal enterprise that employed illegal wiretaps to dig up dirt
on the rich and famous on behalf of his elite Hollywood clients. Pellicano
is awaiting sentencing for convictions on those 76 counts, as well as for
convictions in August in a separate trial for wiretapping and conspiracy to
In court filings in March 2007, Pellicano's lawyers reference obtaining an
FBI report that they said prosecutors should have turned over to them during
pretrial discovery. The report raised questions about an FBI agent's
credibility, the lawyers wrote. A law enforcement official said Rossini was the source
of that document.
The charges were first reported Tuesday by TickletheWire.com, a Web site
that reports on federal law enforcement news.
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