Purcellville native Kara Swankowski, an intelligence research specialist with the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General for her instrumental role in the successful investigation and prosecution of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.
The case involved a DEA resident agent in charge assigned to Monterrey, Mexico, who had made false statements to Department of State employees that resulted in the revocation of U.S. visas for two prominent Mexican citizens.
During the investigation, Swankowski assisted special agents with two search warrants in Mexico and analyzed evidence that developed into leads during the investigation. She also provided additional analysis needed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute the case and worked with multiple agencies to have the false derogatory information removed from the victims’ visa files.
For her work on the case, the DOJ OIG presented her with its Collaboration Award during a June 8 ceremony in the department’s headquarters building in Washington, DC.
She is the daughter of Steve, a former DSS special agent, and Tammy Swankowski and a 2008 graduate of Loudoun Valley High School. She attended Lynchburg College, where she graduated with a degree in communications. She began her career with the Diplomatic Security Service in 2012, analyzing investigative data for DSS’s Visa and Passport Analysis Unit, which investigates crimes pertaining to visa and passport fraud.