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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2006

Local FBI employee indicted

Advertiser Staff

An employee of the local FBI office allegedly stole sensitive information from the bureau and fed it to a group of alleged drug dealers, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed this afternoon.

Charmaine Moniz, 35, a clerk for the bureau's organized crime and drug squad since July 1999, took information from FBI computers on at least five occasions and fed it to her husband, the indictment states. The husband, Eric Moniz, allegedly was involved in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, the indictment said.

The information taken from the FBI was used by Eric Moniz and his co-conspirators to evade police and federal agents, the indictment said.

Moniz had unfettered access to all information available to FBI agents on the squad, said Charles Goodwin, special agent in charge of the FBI's Honolulu division, in a news release.

The investigation into Charmaine Moniz eventually led federal agents and police to the three Honolulu police officers who were indicted yesterday for allegedly protecting illegal gambling operations in Waialua.