With an overly impressive biography, Mark L. Rizzo would appear to be the most good-natured and ethical person you could imagine. Founder and CEO of FREEdom Flyer Ministries, his organization provided chaplains to serve law enforcement and related branches of the government. A "Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers", former Deputy Sheriff in two cities and adjunct professor at not one, not two, but four universities. Over the years, he has also frequently told people of his work with the FBI including being an instructor at the FBI academy.
The only problem, he never worked for the FBI in any capacity. As a result of him telling this lie at a law enforcement heavy conference on gangs in Chicago, he was arrested by (real) FBI agents and charged with impersonating an FBI agent. This also calls the rest of his claims into question.
Mark Rizzo is Director, Behavioral Sciences Unit of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He is the Midwest Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He is a former Deputy Sheriff in both Philadelphia and Chicago and is the past Administrative Aid for Cook County Sheriff Chicago, IL. He is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences at 4 universities, instructs at various Police training institutions and the FBI academy. He has earned a M.S. in criminal justice and a Jurist Doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research.
Mark Rizzo is the Founder and C.E.O. of FREEdom Flyer Ministries, providing chaplains who serve daily in law enforcement, court services, corrections, and legislative branches of government throughout the United States and several foreign countries. He is a field representative for the American Jail Association. He is a Board Member of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He has served as a Deputy Sheriff in Pennsylvania and is past Administrative Aide for the Cook County Sheriff in Chicago, Illinois. He currently teaches Criminal Justice and Behavioral Science as adjunct professor at several colleges, various police training institutions and the National F.B.I. Academy. He has received a B.A. in Theology, M.S. in Criminal Justice and is currently working on his Juris doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers.
Arresting development at lecture: U.S. says speaker posed as FBI man