Retired agent William “Bill” Grace served more than 33 years with the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the “Wolf Ticket” investigation where 13 Philadelphia Roofers Union Local 30 officials were convicted of racketeering, extortion, and bribery. The case uncovered numerous ties between union leaders, organized crime, and public officials. The key to the successful investigation was the surreptitious recording devices installed in the union hall that secretly taped conversations between union leaders and others. Prior to his transfer to the Philadelphia Division, where he worked Labor Racketeering and Corruption cases in Philadelphia and South Jersey, Bill Grace was assigned to the Bureau’s Baltimore and New Haven Offices. He currently continues to work for the FBI as a contract Asset Forfeiture Investigator.

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Special thanks to Gangland Wire podcast cohosts Gary Jenkins and Aaron Gnirk.

Gary and Aaron allowed me to re-post this episode from their show on FBI Retired Case File Review. I was interviewed on the Gangland Wire podcast in October 2017 and it was such a fun and crazy episode I thought I would share it with you here.  After  you listen to this episode, please give Gary some love and check out his podcast at GanglandWire.com or any of the popular podcasts app.

The main thing you need to know about this case is that before Harvey Weinstein, there was Frank Antico, Sr. and Boobgate. This true crime FBI Philadelphia strip club investigation featured extortion, sex, money, and more and a case review is certainly timely and relevant.  Some of Frank Antico’s antics will shock you. One important disclaimer: This was not my case, but I know it well because it inspired me to write my FBI crime thriller, Pay To Play.

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Retired agent Stewart Fillmore served with the FBI for 29 years. He began his Bureau career as a support employee and after three years received an appointment to the special agent position. Stewart Fillmore was assigned to the Little Rock, Chicago, Dallas, and Tyler, Texas offices. A career “street agent,” he worked most of the criminal investigation under the jurisdiction of the FBI. However, his primary specialty was investigating public corruption. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Stewart Fillmore reviews a case initiated based on allegations that minority motorists were being illegally stopped on an isolated stretch of highway in rural East Texas. The case was eventually redirected to determine how and by whom drugs and firearms confiscated from motorists had gone missing from the Tenaha, Texas police evidence room. Stewart Fillmore wrote a book about the case, Tenaha: Corruption and Cover-Up In Small Town Texas. The true crime story provides an inside look at how an actual FBI public corruption investigation is worked. Since retiring from the FBI, Stewart Fillmore currently operates his own private investigation company.

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Retired agent Herman Groman served in the FBI for 25 years. While in the Bureau, he specialized in working deep long-term undercover operations as an undercover agent in the areas of organized crime and narcotics. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the case of FBI informant Richard Wershe Jr., also known as White Boy Rick, who, at the age of 17, was convicted of selling large quantities cocaine and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Later in his FBI career, Herman Groman was assigned to lead several high-profile public corruption investigations. He was also a team leader of one of the FBI Special Operations Groups (SOG). The specialized group conducted surveillances of major terrorist cell groups and their associates. Groman served as the director of security at a large Las Vegas casino/hotel for several years after retiring from the FBI. He is the author of Pigeon Spring, a crime novel featuring his fictionalized alter-ego former FBI agent Matt Steel, who coincidentally also takes a job as director of security at a major Las Vegas casino too.

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Retired agent Juan Jackson served with the FBI for 24 years. Most of his Bureau career were spent as an undercover agent working dangerous assignments in New York, Miami, Atlanta and cities throughout the country. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Juan Jackson is interviewed about his long term undercover role as “J. J.” a drug kingpin in the FBI Group I undercover case – Operation Shattered Shield. Juan, as his alter ego J. J., hired corrupt members of the New Orleans Police Department to protect his large-scale cocaine operation. The dirty police officers, maintained around-the-clock guard duty at the warehouse where the drugs were stored. During the investigation, monitors overheard officers repeatedly threatening violence against J. J. and his couriers. The case ended abruptly when the FBI wiretap also revealed that one of the officers, Len Davis, had ordered a hit-man to murder a woman who had filed a police brutality complaint against him. In addition to murder, Davis, his partner Sammie Williams and more than 20 other officers were convicted of extorting bribes and offering protection to a drug dealer. Juan Jackson received the New Orleans Police Department’s Medal of Valor for his contributions to Operation Shattered Shield. Post retirement, Juan Jackson has worked as director of security for several NBA teams. Currently, he is Director of Team Security for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Retired agent Juan Jackson served with the FBI for 24 years. Most of his Bureau career were spent as an undercover agent working dangerous assignments in New York, Miami, Atlanta and cities throughout the country. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Juan Jackson is interviewed about his long term undercover role as “J. J.” a drug kingpin in the FBI Group I undercover case – Operation Shattered Shield. Juan, as his alter ego J. J., hired corrupt members of the New Orleans Police Department to protect his large-scale cocaine operation. The dirty police officers, maintained around-the-clock guard duty at the warehouse where the drugs were stored. During the investigation, monitors overheard officers repeatedly threatening violence against J. J. and his couriers. The case ended abruptly when the FBI wiretap also revealed that one of the officers, Len Davis, had ordered a hit-man to murder a woman who had filed a police brutality complaint against him. In addition to murder, Davis, his partner Sammie Williams and more than 20 other officers were convicted of extorting bribes and offering protection to a drug dealer. Juan Jackson received the New Orleans Police Department’s Medal of Valor for his contributions to Operation Shattered Shield. Post retirement, Juan Jackson has worked as director of security for several NBA teams. Currently, he is Director of Team Security for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Retired agent Mike Leyden served 26 years with the FBI. Leyden, who has a law degree from Villanova University, was assigned to the Jacksonville Division, Pensacola Residency Agency and the Detroit Division, where he worked bank robberies, kidnappings, and fugitive matters. When transferred to the Philadelphia Division, Leyden helped set up and was the supervisor of the Special Operations Group based on a concept initially established in the Detroit Division. He was later appointed as the supervisor of the Newtown Square Resident Agency. To avoid an unwanted transfer to FBIHQ, Leyden stepped down and was placed on the Organized Crime Squad to work cases targeting the Philly mob. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Leyden is interviewed about an extortion case that resulted in the conviction of Philly mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo Sr., Philadelphia City Councilman Leland Beloff, and Beloff’s administrative assistant, Robert Rego for attempting to extort $1 million from Willard Rouse, a Philadelphia developer. During the investigation, two “made men,” Nicholas Caramandi and Thomas DelGiorno, became government witnesses and their testimony eventually led to indictment and conviction of entire hierarchy of the Scarfo Family. After retirement, Mike Leyden became the Vice President of Corporate Security and Surveillance for Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Currently, he still occasionally accepts private investigation assignments.

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