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Rich Kolko

Professional Experience

Hired in 2019 as the Safety and Security Specialist at WINK News. FBI Special Agent 1996-2017 serving in Atlanta, New York, FBI HQ and Quantico, VA. Served in the Navy, both on active duty and the reserve, retiring as a Commander in 2011.

News Philosophy

Work to help the citizens of SWFL keep their family, home, cyber, and finances safe and secure.

Hobbies & Interests

Flying, fishing & luge.

Education

Masters in Homeland Security from American Military University, Bachelors in Communications from the University of Miami.

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The people along with the weather and no DC traffic!

Hometown

Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Law enforcement aims to educate during reopening phase one, not arrest

Restaurants are starting to open, but they are limited to serving only at 25% capacity. Law enforcement agencies in Southwest Florida and statewide plan to...
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Pandemic spurs new SAT prep scams to bilk students, parents out of money

Preparing for the SATs is tough and scammers are playing off your kid's need to do well to get at your money. The scammers know...
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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature three of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; April 29

This weekly WINK News segment features fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida. This is your chance to help out the community and give...
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What do active shootings have in common and how do we stop them?

In January 2019, Zephen Zaver went into a Sebring bank and killed five people. One month later, Larry Ray Bon wounded two people at...
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Latest warning: Scammers using fear, intimidation to get you to pay

You're going through your inbox and you get an email with your name and part of your password in the subject line. You read...
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FEMA responds to coronavirus pandemic, prepares for hurricane season

We spoke to FEMA about how it's responding to the coronavirus pandemic while also gearing up for hurricane season. “FEMA's mission is to help people...
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Crime doesn’t take a break for a pandemic: Coast Guard, FBI still busy

Crime doesn't take a break during a pandemic. Banks are still robbed, drugs are still crossing the border and people are on the water. So...
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Most Wanted Wednesday: We feature three of SWFL’s most wanted suspects; April 22

This weekly WINK News segment features fugitives from justice right here in Southwest Florida. This is your chance to help out the community and give...
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COVID-19 scams rampant nationwide – and in SWFL

COVID-19 ripoffs are rampant nationwide and that includes here in Southwest Florida. We talked one-on-one with one of the agencies that crackdown on these cons. It's...
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Scammers go after most vulnerable to coronavirus; AARP says spike in fraud

Scammers have their sights set on your stimulus money. AARP says it has reports of people losing more than $13 million in the last few weeks because of coronavirus scams. We looked at how you...

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