FOIA Request: Marat Balagula criminal investigative records

T. McElwee filed this request with the United States Secret Service of the United States of America.
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20200714

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From: T. McElwee


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All records within the Criminal Investigation Information System of Records regarding MARAT BALAGULA, a subject of a Secret Service criminal investigation for credit card fraud.

To assist in the search and identification of records, the following facts about Balagula are known: his birth date was September 8, 1943. His place of birth was Orenburg, Russia (as part of the former Soviet Union). The first five digits of his social security number were 062-60. U.S. Bureau of Prisons lists his register number as 35664-066.

Balagula was reported dead December 2019 by the British Broadcasting Corporation World Service/BBC News Russian. The original obituary in Russian is attached, as is the Google Translate machine translation. This shall serve as proof that Balagula is deceased, and that privacy concerns under FOIA and Privacy Act are diminished.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

T. McElwee

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Submitted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 23:24
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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following
records:

All records within the Criminal Investigation Information System of Records
regarding MARAT BALAGULA, a subject of a Secret Service criminal
investigation for credit card fraud.

To assist in the search and identification of records, the following facts
about Balagula are known: his birth date was September 8, 1943. His place of
birth was Orenburg, Russia (as part of the former Soviet Union). The first
five digits of his social security number were 062-60. U.S. Bureau of Prisons
lists his register number as 35664-066.

Balagula was reported dead December 2019 by the British Broadcasting
Corporation World Service/BBC News Russian. The original obituary in Russian
is attached, as is the Google Translate machine translation. This shall serve
as proof that Balagula is deceased, and that privacy concerns under FOIA and
Privacy Act are diminished.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and
this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, 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,

T. McElwee

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Dear Requester, Please see the attached letter regarding the status of yourFOIA/PA request.  If you have any questions in regard to this matter,please contact this office at (202) 406-6370. Thank you, Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program United States Secret Service 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5 Washington, DC  20223 Phone: (202) 406-6370 Fax: (2020 406-5586 Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV

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From: United States Secret Service

DearRequester, Pleasesee the attached letter updating you on the status of your FOIA request. If youhave any questions, in regard to this matter, please contact this office at thenumber provided below. Thankyou, Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act Program UnitedStates Secret Service 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5 Washington, DC 20223 Phone:(202) 406-6370 Fax:(202) 406-5586 Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.  ­­

From: United States Secret Service

Dear Requester, Attached you will find the finalresponse regarding your Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Actrequest.  In order to access you encrypted documents please use code: USSS20200714F0!@ If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contactthis office by replying to this email or calling us at (202) 406-6370. Thank you, Freedom of Information Act &Privacy Act Program United States Secret Service 245 Murray Lane, SW, Building T-5 Washington, DC 20223 Phone: (202) 406-6370 Fax: (202) 406-5586 Email: FOIA@USSS.DHS.GOV

All e-mail to/from this account is subject to official review and is for official use only. Action may be taken in response to any inappropriate use of the Secret Service's e-mail system. This e-mail may contain information that is privileged, law enforcement sensitive, or subject to other disclosure limitations. Such information is loaned to you and should not be further disseminated without the permission of the Secret Service. If you have received this e-mail in error, do not keep, use, disclose, or copy it; notify the sender immediately and delete it.  ­­

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