Retired agent Gregory Coleman served with the FBI for more than 25 years. He specialized in investigating financial crimes, money laundering, and asset forfeiture. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Greg Coleman reviews the criminal investigation of Jordan Belfort and the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont for securities fraud, stock manipulation, and money laundering. The case was chronicled in the Martin Scorsese movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In the movie, Greg Coleman was portrayed by Kyle Chandler. During his Bureau career, Coleman was widely recognized as an anti-money laundering expert among his law enforcement colleagues and is a recipient of the Director’s Award (Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys) for Outstanding Contributions in Law Enforcement. Many of his investigations involved stock market manipulations where the proceeds were laundered through shell corporations and offshore bank accounts. Since his retirement, he has operated Coleman Worldwide Advisors, where he designs and delivers customized, highly interactive, live training related to the detection and prevention of money laundering and suspicious activity reporting. The training incorporates actual real-life examples drawn from the experiences of Mr. Coleman and other law enforcement officers. Greg Coleman is also a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer discussing the Wolf of Wall Street investigation and more. He has spoken to audiences in 14 countries. To arrange for him to consult or speak, he can be contacted directly at 646-660-1010 or gregorycoleman2015 (at) gmail.com. You can find more information about him and Coleman Worldwide Advisors on Greg Coleman’s LinkedIn page.
Special Agent (Retired)
5/21/1989 – 1/30/2015
Retired agent Ed Petersen served with the FBI for more than 27 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the investigation of the kidnapping and murder of Exxon Oil Executive Sidney Reso. During his career, Petersen handled a variety of responsibilities to include the coordination of complex investigations involving white-collar type crime, fraud, embezzlement, organized crime, foreign counter-intelligence, terrorism and violent crimes, extortion, kidnapping, fugitive and bank robbery cases. Petersen was an FBI certified Hostage Negotiator, Police Instructor and S.W.A.T. Team coordinator. He also served as the FBI’s liaison with professional sports and other state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. Upon retiring, he became the Director of Security for Major League Baseball (MLB), Office of the Commissioner. and in this capacity, worked with all major league clubs regarding integrity of the game issues as well as facility security, trademark infringement and counterfeit products investigations. As co-founder of Buckley Petersen Global, Inc., he has contributed to security assessments and the development of crisis readiness and response plans for corporations, schools, hospitals and professional sports.
Retired agent Joe Lewis served 27 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Lewis reviews “SandBomb” the investigation of Eric Rudolph and the bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic that resulted in the death of off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson and severely injured a nurse. The case also identified Rudolph as the person responsible for the Olympic Park Bombing, as well as the bombing of another abortion clinic, and a nightclub all in Atlanta, Georgia. More than five years after the incident, Eric Rudolph was captured and pled guilty to the Birmingham bombing and the bombings in Atlanta. Joe Lewis led this investigation as the Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham Division. During this time period, he also oversaw an investigation that reopened the infamous 1963 church bombing in Birmingham and led to the conviction of one of the conspirators. Prior to this assignment, Joe Lewis served in several other management positions including as the supervisor if the Chicago Division’s Public Corruption Squad. He retired from the FBI as the Deputy Assistant Director, Organized Crime Branch, Criminal Investigative Division in Charge of all Organized Crime Investigations and Intelligence. In the private sector, Joe Lewis served as Senior Director of Corporate Investigations for Walmart’s Global Security Division. He is now also retired from corporate life.
Retired agent Randy Wolverton served with the FBI for 28 years. During his Bureau career, Wolverton, a CPA, worked cases involving violent crime, white-collar crime, drugs, public corruption, domestic terrorism and health care fraud. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Randy Wolverton reviews a savings and loan fraud case that targeted real estate investor Leonard Pelullo. In spite of the testimony of LCN underboss Phillip Leonetti who admitted to brokering a disputed loan shark debt between Leonard Pelullo and a LCN protected loan shark, the case had to be tried four times before Leonard Pelullo’s final conviction was upheld, and he was sentenced to a 24-year prison term. Prior to retirement, Randy Wolverton was promoted to the Financial Crimes Section, Economic Crimes Unit at FBI Headquarters and was responsible for program management of corporate fraud, securities fraud, insurance fraud and mass-marketing fraud matters. After he retired from the FBI, he co-edited a book entitled “White Collar Crime – Core Concepts for Consultants and Expert Witnesses” published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Randy Wolverton currently continues to work for the FBI as a contract Asset Forfeiture Investigator.
Retired agent Bob Clifford served with the FBI for 24 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the organization and operation of the transnational gang MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha, the most dangerous gang in America. In November 2004, Bob Clifford was asked by then FBI Director Robert Mueller to accept a special assignment to FBIHQ to establish the FBI’s MS-13 National Gang Task Force, and served as its first Director. For the next 18 months, Bob led multi-agency and multi-national efforts to combat the infamous MS-13 and other violent transnational street gangs, to include several deployments throughout Central America to successfully garner international cooperation and intelligence-sharing. In addition to coordinating multiple law enforcement field operations, Bob was required to appear before White House, Congressional, and Cabinet-level officials on a regular basis. The task force is now known as the Transnational Anti-Gang (TAG) Task Force initiative. Bob Clifford was previously interviewed on Episodes 96 and 97 of FBI Retired Case File Review about his investigation and capture of the only surviving hijacker responsible for the hijacking of Egypt Air Flight 648.
Retired agent Judy Tyler served 31 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Judy reviews her investigation of the Maurice Lewis, aka “Mo Black,” 8th and Allegheny cocaine criminal enterprise and the surprising spin-off case involving the theft of Philadelphia’s historically significant architectural treasures that resulted in the conviction of Charles Kass, a former IRS and Labor Department agent. Judy has extensive experience in the investigation of violent drug trafficking organizations and advanced investigative techniques. She specialized in the recruitment, development, and operation of human intelligence, also known as informants, and cooperating witnesses. During her career, she received awards from the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and from the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Post-retirement, Judy continues to share her experience and expertise as a contract instructor training current FBI agents as part of a specialized in-service program. (In Episode 3 of FBI Retired Case File Review, Judy was interviewed about two other drug investigations and her FBI career.)
Retired agent Gary Noesner served in the FBI for more than 30 years, four as a support employee and 26 as a special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gary Noesner reviews his role, 25 years ago, as a hostage negotiator speaking with David Koresh and other members of the Branch Davidians during the Waco siege. He also reviews the Paramount Network’s 6-part TV mini-series, Waco. During his Bureau career, Gary Noesner was an investigator, instructor, and hostage negotiator. A significant focus of his career was directed toward investigating and negotiating numerous crisis incidents covering prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, airplane hijackings, and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases involving American citizens. He continues to consult independently and speaks at law enforcement conferences and corporate gatherings around the world. He has appeared on numerous television news programs and documentaries and has been interviewed in major publications addressing hostage negotiation, terrorism, and kidnapping. Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, the book he wrote about his career, serves as the basis for a six part mini-series on the 1993 Waco Siege incident airing on the Paramount Network in January and February 2018. Gary can be contacted for presentations and speeches via his website.