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 returned to working his own cases on a squad handling major theft and interstate transportation of stolen property crimes.   In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Hess is interviewed about his investigation of a scheme conducted to defraud 150 coin dealers and collectors, known as numismatists, of $1 million in gold coins. During the investigation, Hess discovered a second scheme involving lead filled bars of silver that potentially could have been damaging to the precious metals industry. For his efforts in these matters, Hess received the Sol Kaplan Award from the Professional Numismatists Guild.


Special Agent (Retired)

Douglas W. Hess

9/15/1981 – 5/31/2002














The following are links to newspaper articles reporting on retired agent Doug Hess’s investigation of the stolen gold coins and fake silver bars scam:

Coin Dealers Accused Of $1 Million Fraud

Agent Worth Weight In Gold to Dealers

FBI Agent Gets Award For Nabbing Coin-scam Pair



Hess, along with IRS agent and Assistant United States Attorney Rob Reed, displays $175,000 worth of the stolen gold coins which had not been melted, but instead buried behind Funkhouser’s house and later recovered.















Visually inspecting and weighing the silver bars provided no indication of adulteration. Hess had the bars cut in half and chemically tested.


















When cut in half, the silver bars were shown to be filled with lead.












Doug Hess received the Sol Kaplan Award from the Professional Numismatists Guild for his four-year pursuit of two subjects who bought $1.6 million in gold coins with worthless checks.















Doug Hess and retired agent Joe McQuillan stand behind a display of FBI “G-Men” collectibles from McQuillan’s memorabilia collection.















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 debut novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry is available now.



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  Nov 04, 2016

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I was stationed with Doug in the Air Force in England. What a great down to earth individual.
We have remained friends and kept in contact with each other since the late 70’s.
Too bad we don’t have more like him in our intelligence and security agencys.

Yes indeed. Doug’s a great guy and he was a dedicated agent.

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