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 are worked. Since retiring from the FBI, Stewart Fillmore currently operates his own private investigation company.

 

Special Agent (Retired)

Stewart Fillmore

8/24/1987 – 12/31/2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Retired agent Angelo Lano served in the FBI for 29 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, he is interviewed about being the case agent of the FBI Watergate investigation, starting from the morning of June 17, 1972, when he received a phone call from his Bureau supervisor instructing him to report to the Watergate Complex to investigate a break-in at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. His initial assignment was to identify the five men caught in the act and arrested by local police. However, subsequent investigation by Lano and members of his squad, quickly determined that this was more than just another interstate theft of stolen property case. They learned that the intruders were connected to the committee to re-elect President Richard Nixon and the property crime case morphed into the biggest political scandal in U.S. history. Lano’s investigation produced evidence of a cover-up and led to articles of impeachment being drawn up against Nixon, who resigned from office in 1974. Angelo Lano was one of several FBI agents falsely accused of being Deep Throat, a source of leaks consisting of inside investigatory information for the Washington Post.

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Myron Fuller served in the FBI for 30 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review with Jerri Williams, Fuller is interviewed about his undercover and case agent roles in the case code-named ABSCAM, which was actually a spin-off of Operation Fountain Pen (OPFOPEN), the largest investigation by the FBI conducted into the activities of white-collar criminals (Jim Wedick is interviewed about OPFOPEN in Episode 6). ABSCAM was originally initiated to investigate and penetrate white-collar crime and organized crime targets in the New York area. Specifically, it was begun as an undercover operation to infiltrate a conspiracy involving  members of organize crime attempting to purchase businesses, including a mortgage company, for fraudulent and criminal purposes. The sophisticated ABSCAM scenario featured a fictitious wealthy Lebanese businessman who wanted to funnel millions of dollars from the Middle-East into ventures in the United States.  Fuller and his undercover partner, agent John Hauss, represented that they worked for a consortium of foreign banks and had access to a $7 Million bank account. The scenario, with the cooperation of con man Mel Weinberg, allowed for the successful investigation and conviction of organized crime figures, con men, and ultimately, corrupt politicians. Fuller retired as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Honolulu Division.

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