244: Jerri Williams – Loan Shark, Check Cashing Extortion Case

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent and podcast host Jerri Williams interviews the victims of a loan shark and extortion investigation, a spin-off case of her Group II business-to-business telemarketing undercover case.

During a proffer meeting, two of her subjects, brothers Andy and Gary Last Name Unused (LNU), confided that they had been getting short-term loans from Pete D’Amelio, the owner of a check cashing agency at interest rates exceeding 500 percent per year and were being extorted to make repayments.

They revealed they were the victims of a loan shark and credit extortion attempt where the subjects threaten them at gunpoint if they didn’t pay up.

D’Amelio and Frank DeSumma, his collector, had confronted the brothers at their offices demanding payment. After some heated discussion, DeSumma drew a handgun and fired a shot past Andy’s head and into the wall behind him.

Jerri opened a new case and with the assistance of agent Darin Werkmeister (now retired), they arranged for the participation of the Surveillance Operations Group (SOG) to provide safety and protection for the cooperating subjects, as the brothers attended consensually monitored meetings with the three violent defendants. Jerri was the affiant of the search and arrest warrants. One subject, George Delia, pled guilty and received probation. Facing more serious charges of the collection of extensions of credit through extortionate means, the other two, D’Amelio and DeSumma, and went to trial. Jerri testified at length in the week-long trial, which resulted in their conviction for extortion. D’Amelio received a 3 years prison sentence. DeSumma, who was also charged with the use of a firearm during a violent crime, was sentenced to 7 years of incarceration. The United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania presented Jerri with a Certificate of Commendation for her “exceptional and resourceful investigation and dedicated, innovative and tireless efforts” in the successful prosecution of the case.

To learn about the business-to-business telemarketing fraud investigation which brought Andy and Gary to the attention of the FBI, listen to FBI Retired Case File Review Episode 044: Karl LNU – Cooperating Witness, Telemarketing Fraud

Andy LNU successfully worked for twenty-plus-years as the manager of a car dealership.
For 21 years, Gary LNU has owned a merchant services business setting up companies to accept credit cards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“After you told us you had been shot at, we cut into the wall behind your desk and lo-and-behold there’s a slug there. And so we retrieved that as evidence.”—Retired Agent Jerri Williams

The following are links to court filings and motions about the loan shark extortion case and appeals:

USA vs DeSumma and DAmelio – 11/13/1998

Frank DeSumma’s Motion to Suppress Statements and All Physical Evidence – 3/26/1999

United States of America, v. Frank Desumma, A/k/a Doc, Frank Desumma, Appellant, Argued July 30, 2001 November 29, 2001

U.S. v. D’Amelio – Decided May 24, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 200 episodes available for free subscription on all popular podcast apps.

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