Secret Service Agent G. Darren Earle will speak on “Current Trends in Financial Crimes” at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at noon, Thursday, Aug. 8, in Lower Cravens Hall at 439 Kentucky Ave., Sewanee. Topics will include phishing scams, credit card skimming, Point of Sale compromises, BitCoin complications and counterfeiting.
Earle has been employed by the USSS for 21 years. Prior to his employment with the Secret Service he worked as a Dispatcher for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and as a Probation Officer while obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Middle Tennessee State University and Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee.
His career began in the Nashville Field Office and later in the Chattanooga Resident Office. While in Chattanooga he conducted numerous investigations involving counterfeit money, counterfeit checks, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, access device fraud, identity theft, and threats against the President. He was also part of the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program where he conducted computer examinations on computers seized by the Secret Service and local law enforcement agencies.
Upon completing the first phase of his career he was then assigned to President George H.W. Bush’s protective detail in Houston, Texas. On former President Bush’s detail, he traveled with the President and conducted protective advances in the United States and abroad. He also performed Rescue Swimmer duties while on the Bush detail.
After three years on the Bush detail he returned to the Chattanooga Resident Office where he conducts financial crimes investigations in addition to protective assignments.
There is ample parking in the adjacent parking lot. Sewanee parking regulations require that the vehicle’s rear bumper be visible from the parking lot aisles, so attendees are advised to avoid backing into a space or pulling through. There is a $3 fee for attendees who aren’t annual members of the Academy. Coffee, water and cookies are available, and attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch.