Robert Rutt is the former Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in Houston, Texas and former Acting Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center). Mr. Rutt has over 30 years of management and investigatory experience in immigration and customs investigations and law enforcement.
As the Special Agent in Charge in Houston, TX, Mr. Rutt led over 350 employees in 54 counties in criminal investigations targeting transnational crime, intellectual property theft, terrorist travel and finance, arms and technology proliferation, drug, human and weapons smuggling/trafficking and child exploitation.
As the Acting Director of the IPR Center, a 21-agency task force, Mr. Rutt lead the U.S. government’s enforcement response to global intellectual property theft with a focus on protecting the public’s health and safety, the military and the U.S. economy from counterfeit and substandard goods.
Prior to these roles, Mr. Rutt served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for narcotics and financial investigations in Houston, TX. Mr. Rutt oversaw a multi-agency task force in the Caribbean to address money laundering and served as Task Force Commander of a multi-agency undercover anti-money laundering task force in the Southwest. Mr. Rutt also served as Director of Financial Investigations for the legacy U.S. Customs Service and Unit Chief of Financial Operations for HSI. As a special agent, Mr. Rutt conducted money laundering, narcotics smuggling, Customs fraud, internal affairs and intellectual property theft investigations.
Mr. Rutt sits on the Police Investigative Operations Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, is the Vice Chair Board of Directors for the ICE Foundation and is a former U.S. Marine. Mr. Rutt holds a Master’s of Science in Management from National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois and Bachelors of Science in Law Enforcement from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.