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Fred Otash was born on January 6, 1922, at Methuen, Massachusetts. He was an FBI Informant. He worked as a Police Officer in Los Angeles for ten years, assigned to the vice details. He had a personality clash with Police Chief William H. Parker and Otash resigned, thereafter, working as a private detective in his own detective agency. He had a close relationship with Mickey Cohen, a well known hoodlum. His work kept him in contact with numerous members of the criminal element as well as many individuals in the motion picture and television industry. In 1961, Otash printed a brochure advertising a 1962 International Directory for Private Investigators in which he implied that the FBI was associated with him in this venture. He was discontinued as an informant as a result of this affair. In December of 1962, Otash was the subject of a hearing before the State License Board in Los Angles, California, to determine whether his private investigator’s license should be revoked. The Los Angeles Times newspaper on February 12, 1965, reported that the private investigator's license for Fred Otash was revoked. It also reported that he had moved to New York to work as a "consultant" and to write his "memoirs."


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