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FBI Agent Speaks to BOCES Students in Yorktown

YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Before she became a special agent for the FBI 21 years ago, Maryann Goldman was a professional dancer, a fifth-grade teacher and a partner in a Wall Street personnel firm.

Goldman recently relayed her life experiences to a forensic science class at Fox Meadow School at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown.

She told students many investigations now rely on information gathered from computers. Not long ago, Goldman said she completed a four-year probe into an international money laundering ring that resulted in the recovery of more than $3 billion that otherwise would have been used for terrorist purposes.

"Cyber forensics is about finding information that has been hidden in computers and preserving the evidence as much as possible," she said. "A computer can be a crime scene and you need to put a tape around it and preserve it just as you would a physical crime scene."

With a typical hard drive now containing 50 millions pages of data, Goldman said her job sometimes can be tedious and time consuming, but also very rewarding. She encouraged students to consider a career in the FBI, noting the government bureau accepts individuals from all walks of life with a variety of skills.

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