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 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.
Retired agent Cary Thornton served in the FBI for 21 years. He spent his career working undercover on Bureau cases throughout the country and as a technically trained agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Cary is interviewed about an undercover sting and insurance fraud investigation he worked in Detroit for nearly three years where he and two other undercover FBI agents played the roles of owners and operators of an auto wrecking company willing to dispose of cars for cash so their owners could file fraudulent insurance claims. The case was given the Bureau code name Operation Steamclean, which incorporated the term, steaming, slang used to describe dumping a vehicle for the insurance payoff. The case resulted in more than 50 indictments charging individuals with fraudulent claims exceeding $100 million.
Retired agent Bob Bazin served in the FBI for 28 years. He spent most of his career working property crimes cases and developed a specialized interest in art crime. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Bob talks about studying the “masters” at the Barnes Foundation and investigating and recovering stolen art from all over the world while assigned to the Philadelphia Division. He reviews a case he worked with the Philadelphia Police Department of the armed robbery by gunpoint from the Rodin museum of the priceless sculpture—Mask of the Man with the Broken Nose.