FBI Investigative Files on the former Gold Club in Atlanta, Georgia

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1181174-000
Status
Completed

Communications

From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the investigative files and notes regarding the Gold Club, formerly in Atlanta, GA that was shut down in 2001 after an FBI investigation. Steve Kaplan was the then-owner, but please include any files or investigations during previous ownerships or incarnation of the Gold Club as well.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: "Sobonya, David P." <David.Sobonya@ic.fbi.gov>

Dear Morisy,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOI/PA) request and it will be forwarded to the Work Process Unit or a Single Station Disclosure Team for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOI/PA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOI/PA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI's decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. Upon receipt of an FOI/PA Request Number, you can check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and by clicking on the 'Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request' link under the (Records Available Now) section. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Front Office
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Direct: (540) 868-4286
PIO Number: (540) 868-4593
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

From: "Montgomery, Jennifer L." <Jennifer.Montgomery@ic.fbi.gov>

Good morning, Mr. Morisy. I am currently processing your FOIA request regarding the Gold Club in Atlanta, GA. I have located a responsive file, and in reviewing the file, which is quite voluminous, I have a couple of questions.

1. Are you able to obtain any privacy waivers for individuals you believe to have been involved in this investigation? Much of the information in this file is 3rd party, and without any waivers, privacy interests will limit the information that you will be able to receive once processing is complete.

2. As stated, this file is quite large. The investigative portion is 13 volumes, with an estimated page count of 6,500 pages. There are 43 volumes of sub-files as well. Generally speaking, the majority of the information in the sub-files is mirrored in the main investigative file. With all of that said, I wanted to ask if you might be interested in negotiating the scope of your request. The conservative estimated page count for this volume of files is over 15,000 pages. Reducing the scope of your request would allow your charges to be less and enable you to receive your request much more quickly. Let me know if you are interested in negotiating, and we can discuss the specifics of reducing the page count of your request.

Have a great day!

Jennifer Montgomery
FOIA Analyst
FBI

From: Michael Morisy

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for your help. Yes, I would like to narrow my request, and I think that the sub-files can safely be excluded.

Are all the investigative files related to the federal investigation in the '00s?

Do you have any specific suggestions for how I can narrow the request?

Thanks for your help!

Best,

Michael

From: "Montgomery, Jennifer L." <Jennifer.Montgomery@ic.fbi.gov>

Michael,

Thanks for your response. The investigative file begins in June of 1996 and the last serial is dated in May of 2001. It all pertains to the same investigation. You might consider having only 3-4 volumes processed in this request, and then deciding if you'd like to request more after you receive those. You could request to have the first couple volumes and the last couple, so that you could see the beginning and end of the investigation. Or if you're only interested in the portion of the investigation that took place in the 00's, you could request 3-4 volumes from that time period (volumes 10-13 deal with the 00's). That would place your request in our medium track request queue (500-2,500 pages) and it would be assigned out to a disclosure analyst for processing more quickly that way. Let me know what you think.

Jennifer

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

From: Michael Morisy

How about just the first and last volume, and if there's any sort of index that as well. If there's no index, then just the first and last volume.

Thanks!

From: "Montgomery, Jennifer L." <Jennifer.Montgomery@ic.fbi.gov>

I will be out of office on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. I will respond to all emails upon my return.

From: "Montgomery, Jennifer L." <Jennifer.Montgomery@ic.fbi.gov>

Michael,

Sounds great. I'll get those volumes uploaded to the system, and then the case will be ready to be picked up by a disclosure analyst. I'll be sending you a formal letter documenting what we've discussed. Have a great day!

Jennifer

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: "Montgomery, Jennifer L." <Jennifer.Montgomery@ic.fbi.gov>

Michael,

This case was assigned to me for disclosure processing as well, and it is on my work plan for the mid-June/beginning of July. You should have our response by then. Thanks!

From: "Montgomery, Jennifer L." <Jennifer.Montgomery@ic.fbi.gov>

Good morning, Michael. I just wanted to let you know that the timeframe on your request may change. I've accepted a new position and am transferring to a different department, and my cases are going to be re-assigned. I'm unsure who will be processing your case, but if you contact our PIO Dave Sobonya at (540) 868-4593 in 2-3 weeks, he should be able to tell you. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the [Records Available Now] section under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the [Records Available Now] section under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

The FOIPA request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the responsive records will be forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release of responsive records will be made. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review and/or corrections which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the [Records Available Now] section under the FOIA Index located on the right side of the page. Online status reports are updated on a weekly basis.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. A review of your request has determined the following.

Your request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back to further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact me.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. A review of your request has determined the following.

Your request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back to further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact me.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. A review of your request has determined the following.

The request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back for further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click on the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional information regarding the FOI/PA is available at http://www.fbi.gov/. If you require further assistance please contact me.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

Dear Mr. Morisy,

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the status of your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request. A review of your request has determined the following.

Your request is presently assigned to a Disclosure analyst who is reviewing the records to determine if any redactions are required pursuant to subsections of Title 5, U. S. Code, Section 552 and 552a. Upon completion, the records are forwarded to a supervisor for review. If approved, a release will be forthcoming. However, the supervisor may send the records back to further review which may delay the release.

You can now check the status of your request online at: http://www.fbi.gov/foia/, and click the ‘Check Status of Your FOI/PA Request’ link under the Records Available Now section. Online status reports are updated weekly.

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact me.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

Please check the Status of Your FOI/PA Request at: http://www.fbi.gov (Freedom of information Act link), http://www.fbi.gov/foia or http://vault.fbi.gov/fdps-1/@@search-fdps and follow the instructions below.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Jan. 24, 2012. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #1181174-000.

Thank you for your help.

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Morisy,

The above FOIPA request was closed and a release of records mailed on 6-4-13.

From: Securities Exchange Commission

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