FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams

FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams

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Retired FBI agent writing crime fiction inspired by actual FBI investigations about fraud, corruption and greed.

Episodes

Episode 046: Joe Pistone - Infiltrating the Mafia, Being Donnie Brasco  

Show Notes: Retired agent Joe Pistone served in the FBI for nearly 27 years.  However, he is primarily known world-wide for the six years he spent infiltrating one of the New York mafia families as Donnie Brasco, his undercover alter ego. This was a mission so secret only a handful of agents knew what he was doing and where he […]

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Episode 045: Geoff Doyle - Operation Whitemare, Chinese Heroin Bust  

Show Notes: Retired agent Geoff Doyle served 20 years with the FBI.  He joined the Bureau after 8 and a half years in the military.  Early in his career, Geoff worked a variety of assignments in the Richmond and New York Divisions, including SWAT, bank robberies and investigating Italian organized crime.  He was later assigned to a […]

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Episode 044: Karl LNU - Cooperating Witness, Telemarketing Fraud  

Show Notes: Karl LNU, who asked that I not use his last name (LNU stands for last name unknown – or in this case unused), was investigated, charged and convicted of bribing corrupt purchasing agents to approve invoices for over-priced and inferior lighting and maintenance supplies. The scam was operated by phone. Karl, his business partner and their employees made […]

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Episode 043: Scott Moritz -  Mob Guys, Garbage Men, and Forfeiture  

Show Note: Former agent Scott Moritz served with the FBI for nearly ten years. During his time in the Bureau, he focused on white collar crime, domestic and international corruption and money laundering investigations. While assigned to the New York Division, he was on an Asset Forfeiture Squad where he conducted parallel financial investigations alongside agents working organize crime and drug […]

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Episode 042: Doug Hess – Stolen Gold Coins and Fake Silver Bars  

Show Notes: Retired agent Doug Hess served with the FBI for nearly 21 years. He was assigned for a short time to a satellite office out of the Tampa Division, but spent most of his career in the Philadelphia Division. As a licensed pilot, Hess was initially assigned to the surveillance squad, Special Operations Group (SOG). Later, he […]

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Episode 041:  FBI Special Agent - A Career Like No Other  

Show Notes: In this special episode, Special Agents Greg Branch and Bill Toland are interviewed about the qualifications and requirements needed to become a special agent with the FBI. Greg joined the FBI in 1995 and has been assigned to squads handling reactive matters, such as drugs and bank robberies and to white-collar crime investigations. For […]

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Episode 040: Bob Cromwell - Hunting Fugitives, Wrongful Convictions  

Show Notes: Retired agent Bob Cromwell served 22 years with the FBI. In the early part of his career, Bob was assigned cases under the Violent Crimes Program and investigated dangerous fugitive matters. Bob is interviewed specifically about his investigation and capture of two fugitives wanted for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution (UFAP). One was a rapist and the other the murderer of […]

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Episode 039: Stan Regan - Evidence Response, Continuity of Operations  

Show Notes: Retired agent Stan Regan served in the FBI for 29 years. During his career, he was a member of SWAT, the coordinator of the Evidence Response Team (ERT), and worked Crisis Management matters—both as an agent and squad supervisor. Due to his involvement with these programs, Stan participated in many of the major investigations handled by the New York Office. In particular, […]

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Episode 038: Toni Chrabot - Kidnapped Grandma, Hostage Negotiations  

Show Notes: Retired special agent Toni Chrabot served more than 24 years with the FBI.  Her investigative specialties were public corruption, organized crime, and money laundering.  As a crisis negotiator she responded to a number of kidnappings and barricade situations and as an instructor at the FBI Academy she was designated a subject matter expert in intelligence, […]

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Episode 037: Dell Spry - CIA Betrayal, Aldrich Ames  

Show Notes: Retired agent Dell Spry served in the FBI for twenty years. During his career, he primarily worked counterintelligence, counterespionage, and counterterrorism investigations. While assigned to FBIHQ, Dell was a member of the National Security Council Counterterrorism Working Group. He was liaison to the CIA Counterintelligence Center, Counterespionage Group and was the lead investigator […]

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Episode 036: Vince McNally - Critical Incidents and LEO Suicide Prevention  

Show Notes: Retired Agent Vincent McNally served in the FBI for 31 years. He was first hired as a clerical employee and two years later received an appointment to the special agent position. During his agent career, he conducted and led investigations in general criminal violations, espionage, terrorism, white-collar crime, organized crime, and drug violations. He later […]

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Episode 035: Keith Kelly - Bernie Madoff, Ponzi Scheme  

Show Notes: Retired agent Keith Kelly served with the FBI for twenty-seven years. Keith, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), worked a variety of assignments during his career, including being a member of the New York Division SWAT Team, extensive experience as an undercover agent, following the money trail of international drugs cases and other criminal […]

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Episode 034: Ed Hino - Kidnapped Baby, Kidnapped Motorist  

Show Notes:
Retired agent Ed Hino served in the FBI for 21 years. Ed, who has been retired for more than 26 years, takes us back in time to the era of the G-Man and discusses two very different kidnapping cases. The first case is about a kidnapped baby, a 24-hours-old newborn snatched from the arms of his mother who was resting in her hospital room. The second case involves a kidnapped motorist ordered by his captors to drive them from Ohio to Alabama. Ed also talks about proudly witnessing the Bureau's transition from investigating primarily criminal cases, like the ones he used to work, to focusing approximately half of the agency's manpower and resources to the counterterrorism mission.

 
Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)
Edward J. Hino
9/23/1968 - 8/15/1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed worked criminal matters for most of his Bureau career. A highlight was his investigation involving a kidnapped baby taken from the maternity ward of Grandview Hospital in Sellersville, PA by a mystery woman. The following are newspaper articles about the high-profiled case:

Newborn Abducted From Hospital

Together Again Kidnapped Bucks Infant Is Returned To His Parents    

Woman Gets 18 Years In Baby Kidnap

Family focuses on positives years after abduction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. Her novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry will be released on September 20, 2016.

 

This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com - the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

 

 

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Episode 033: Jane Rhodes Wolfe - Puffer Fish Poison Threat  

Show Notes:
Retired agent Jane Rhodes Wolfe served 20 years with the FBI.  Early in her career, she was assigned to the New York Field Office, where she worked financial investigations. As a member of the Evidence Response Team (ERT), a collateral duty, she was deployed to Yemen following the bombing of the USS Cole, and, on 9/11, responded to the World Trade Center attacks and aided victims. Jane became a member of the PENTTBOM investigative team and also worked on the investigation of terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui.  In addition to management assignments at FBI Headquarters in Congressional Affairs and the Inspection Division, Jane began to concentrate on national security matters.  She supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force in Chicago and oversaw the intake and analysis of suspicious activity reports. In this episode, she is interviewed about one of those reports which resulted in the investigation of an attempted purchase of a restricted toxin, known as the puffer fish poison case. During the interview, she also provides tips for the public regarding potential threat indicators of suspicious activities that should be reported to law enforcement. Jane’s last assignment, prior to her retirement, was Section Chief of the Exploitation Threat Section, Counterterrorism Division.

 
Section Chief (Retired)
Jane Rhodes Wolfe
2/4/1996 - 3/31/2016
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Jane supervised the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Chicago, her squad was responsible for responding to tips from the public regarding suspicious and threatening activity, such as the one received about an attempted purchase of a restricted puffer fish poison toxin. The following are links to several newspaper articles about the case:

FBI: Fake doctor held in toxin Sting

"Puffer Fish Poisoning" WMD investigation in Chicago

Man who bought puffer fish toxin sentenced in plot to kill wife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. Her novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry will be released on September 20, 2016.

 

This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com - the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

 

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Episode 032: Brig Barker - Arabic and Blood Diamonds  

Show notes:
Retired agent Brig Barker served in the FBI for twenty years. As a combat veteran and a highly respected linguist with full fluency in Arabic and a professional working proficiency in German, during his Bureau career Brig was frequently deployed overseas to work on major counterterrorism matters. From 1998 until his recent retirement, Brig was assigned to operational investigations in Nairobi, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda; Cairo, Egypt; London, England; Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Tunis, Tunisia; to name a few. During his deployment to Sierra Leone, he was tasked with officially opening the FBI Attaché office there and establishing liaison with local leaders and diamond merchants. He initiated the investigation in to allegations that profits from the sale of blood diamonds were being funneled to terrorist organizations. Allegedly, diamonds were being used for this purpose due to the gem's high value and portability. Brig now operates his own global security consulting company, Counterterrorism Consultants International (ct-consultants.com).

 

(My crime fiction recommendation is The Poor Boy's Game by Dennis Tafoya)

 
Special Agent (Retired)
Brig Barker
7/9/1995 - 3/23/3016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brig was deployed to Freetown, Sierra Leone in 2006 to establish the FBI's presence in the country. The following are links to major news articles about the illicit blood diamond trade:

Al Qaeda Cash Tied to Diamond Trade

Why the Blood Diamond Trade Won’t Die

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. Her novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry will be released on September 20, 2016.

 

This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com - the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

 

 

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Episode 031: Mike Rochford -  FBI Betrayal, Robert Hanssen  

Show Notes:
Retired agent Mike Rochford served in the FBI for 30 years, five years as a clerical employee and Russian translator, and 25 as a special agent. Prior to his retirement, Mike was Section Chief of the Espionage Section. Based on his language skill, Mike worked Foreign Counter Intelligence (FCI) cases for most of his career. While assigned as a supervisor at FBI Headquarters and in the field, he oversaw such cases as Aldrich Ames and Earl Pitts, and worked to identity six unknown subjects, government spies the FBI and CIA had been for years trying to uncover. One of those "unsubs" was eventually identified as FBI agent Robert Hanssen. Hanssen is considered the most damaging spy in FBI history. Mike recruited the source, a Russian agent of the KGB/SVR, who provided the information that led to Hanssen's identification. For this effort, Mike received the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement from the CIA.

 
Section Chief (Retired)
Michael T. Rochford
6/24/1974 – 8/4/2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following are links to a FBI overview of the Robert Hanssen investigation and a video of Mike speaking about the Hanssen case at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D. C.

FBI Website Famous Cases and Criminals - Robert Hanssen

International Spy Museum - Investigation of Robert Hanssen (video)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. Her novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry will be released on September 20, 2016.

 

This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com - the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

 

 

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Episode 030: Shawn Henry – Cybercrime, Computer Intrusion  

Show Notes:
Retired agent Shawn Henry served in the FBI for 24 years. When he left the Bureau in 2012, he was overseeing all criminal and cyber investigations worldwide as an Executive Assistant Director (EAD). During his career, Shawn held multiple positions relating to cyber crime and computer intrusions, including Deputy Assistant Director and Assistant Director of the Cyber Division at FBI Headquarters; Supervisor of the FBI Cyber Crime Squad in Baltimore; and Chief of the Computer Investigations Unit within the FBI-led National Infrastructure Protection Center. He managed computer crime investigations spanning the globe, including denial-of-service attacks, bank and corporate breaches, and state-sponsored computer intrusions. Currently, Shawn is the president of CrowdStrike Services and leads a team of cybersecurity professionals who investigate and mitigate targeted attacks on computer networks.

 
Executive Assistant Director (Retired)
Shawn Henry
12/09/1987 - 3/30/2012
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn's cyber expertise is recognized by many media organizations. He has been interviewed on “60 Minutes,” “CBS Evening News,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “Dateline,” and C-SPAN and by Forbes, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and USA Today. Below are links to a FBI overview of the Cyber crime and computer intrusion program and a few of Shawn's appearances on top news shows:

Cyber Crime FBI - What We Investigate

FBI's Top Cyber Official Discusses Threat

60 Minutes - Web Extra: Online Jihad?

Former FBI insider on massive federal data breach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. Her novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry will be released on September 20, 2016.

 

This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com - the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

 

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Episode 029: Bea DeFazio - Innocent Images, Child Predators  

Show Notes:
Retired agent Bea DeFazio served in the FBI for 23 years, seven as a member of the Special Surveillance Group (SSG) following spies in New York and 16 as a special agent. During the last half of her agent career, Bea worked undercover to ferret out child predators trolling in online chat rooms. She posed as a child or teen and engaged in conversations with child predators in an attempt to identify them and arrest them for exchanging child pornography—more appropriately labeled child sexual exploitation images—and/or soliciting in-person contact for sex. Bea said that this emotionally difficult work was by far the most rewarding she did for the Bureau. She also talked about her collateral duties as a member of the Evidence Response Team (ERT) and, immediately after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers, working at the Fresh Kills land fill shifting through debris for evidence, personal items belonging to victims and human body parts.

 
Special Agent (Retired)
Beatrice A DeFazio
5/7/1984 - 5/12/2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
Targeting Child Predators
As an investigator working Innocent Images caess, Bea's mission was to reduce the vulnerability of children to acts of sexual exploitation and abuse facilitated through the use of computers; to identify and rescue child victims; to investigate and prosecute those who used the Internet and other online services to sexually exploit children for personal or financial gain. Here are links to a FBI overview of the Innocent Images program and a newspaper article about one of the many cases on which Bea worked:

Innocent Images National Initiative

Sex charges for Baden police officer detailed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com - the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 028: Dana Ridenour - Undercover, Animal Rights Extremists  

Show Notes:
Retired agent Dana Ridenour served 20 years in the FBI. She is interviewed about working drug investigations on the island of St. Croix, Resident Agency out of the FBI's San Juan Office in Puerto Rico and going deep undercover in California to infiltrate and build relationships with individuals associated with the animal rights extremists groups to gather intelligence about criminal activities and the location of activist fugitives. Dana explains how, in order to be successful, undercover agents accept that their job is to "build relationships to betray relationships."

Dana recently wrote and released a crime novel inspired by her years working undercover. The title of the book is Behind the Mask.

 
Dana Ridenour
Special Agent (Retired)
11/12/95 – 04/06/2016
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Listed below are links to a FBI overview, newspaper articles about animal and eco extremists cases and a post about Dana's novel:
FBI Testimony - Threat Posed by Animal Rights Extremists and Eco-Terrorists
Animal Rights Extremists
Eco-Terrorist Sentenced
Retired FBI Agent’s First Novel Shows It Is Not Only Our Enemies Who Betray Us . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FBI Retired Case File Review is available at jerriwilliams.com and for free podcast subscription on iTunes and Stitcher.  If you enjoy the show, please don't forget to give it a good rating and review.

 

 

 

This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com - the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

 

 

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Episode 027: Bill Grace – Mayor Slayer, Municipal Corruption  

Show Notes:
Retired agent Bill Grace served more than 33 years with the FBI.  He is interviewed about conducting two high-profiled municipal corruption investigations at the same time, one directed at the corrupt activities of Camden, New Jersey Mayor Milton Milan and the other targeting Washington Township, New Jersey Mayor Jerry Luongo. Electronic and physical surveillance indicated that even before Milan entered municipal politics he was associating with a local drug dealer, as well as members of the Philadelphia mob and that he continued those relationships after being elected to City Council and then as mayor. During Milan’s corruption trial, the former head of the Philly mob cooperated and testified against him. The Luongo case was initiated based on a questionable local land deal, but resulted in the mayor being charged with the misuse of the township’s community fund.

With the assistance of colleagues from the Cherry Hill Resident Agency (FBI Philadelphia Division), the IRS and the U. S. Attorney's Office, both investigations resulted in both mayors being convicted and receiving jail sentences. Bill was given the nick-name, "The Mayor Slayer."

 
William P. Grace
Special Agent (Retired)
7/19/1976 – 12/3/2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are links to a few newspaper articles about the Milan and Luongo investigations:

A Mayor's Fateful Journey From Camden's Streets to Jail; Caught Up in the City's Tangle of Corruption

Milton Milan sentenced to 7 years

Former New Jersey mob boss takes witness stand against Camden mayor

Luongo pleads guilty to theft of public cash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FBI Retired Case File Review is available at jerriwilliams.com and for free podcast subscription on iTunes and Stitcher.  If you enjoy the show, please don't forget to give it a good rating and review.

 

 

 

This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com - the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

 

 

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