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Head of Wisconsin's FBI office transferred amid discrimination suit

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The head of Wisconsin’s FBI office was recently transferred, as she faces possible criminal action for allegedly trying to influence an employee’s testimony in a discrimination suit.

The Journal Sentinel said Teresa Carlson was re-assigned last month from the Milwaukee office to the FBI’s headquarters in Virginia, after refusing to testify in the matter.

Federal Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis of Virginia sanctioned Carlson and other FBI officials Thursday for their conduct in the matter.

It all started when Justin Slaby, an Army veteran from Oak Creek, claimed he was turned down for an FBI agent’s job because he had only one hand due to an Army training accident. He filed his discrimination suit last year.

According to court records, Milwaukee agent Mark Crider was about to testify on Slaby’s behalf when Carlson told him it would be in Crider’s best interest to, “come down on the side of the government in this case.”

Crider later wrote that Carlson never wanted Slaby to be an agent due to his disability.

Judge Davis said it would be left to a jury to determine if Carlson tried to get Crider to commit perjury – but there was no doubt that the two had met to discuss it.

Davis also ordered the FBI to pay some of Slaby’s legal fees, as his case heads to a trial on July 29th in Alexandria Virginia.

The Milwaukee office would only say that Carlson is on a temporary assignment in Washington.