About Me


Photo Credit: Michael Schweisheimer


Jerri Williams-Short Bio:  

Jerri Williams has always been a storyteller and, after serving 26 years as a special agent in the FBI, she has plenty of stories to tell. During most of her Bureau career she worked major economic fraud investigations and was amazed at the schemes con-artist and corrupt corporate and public officials would devise to steal other people’s money. She has also had the opportunity to work bank robberies and drug investigations. The one thing she knows for sure is… “With a gun, you can steal hundreds. With a pen, you can steal millions.”

She is using her prior professional experiences with scams and schemers to write crime fiction inspired by actual true crime FBI cases and to produce and host FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast where she interviews retired FBI agents about their high-profile cases and careers, corrects clichés and misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies, and reviews crime fiction.

Her first crime novel – Pay To Play – about a female FBI agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry is available at Amazon.com as an e-book, trade paperback, and audio book. Her second novel – Greedy Givers – was inspired by a charity Ponzi scheme case she investigated and is available as an e-book and paperback also at Amazon.com.


Jerri Williams-Long Bio:

Jerri Williams served 26 years as a Special Agent with the FBI. She often jokes that she is reliving her glory days by writing crime fiction full-time. Her prior professional encounters with scams and schemers will provide plot lines for many years. Her crime novels – Pay to Play and Greedy Givers – feature a female FBI agent investigating financial scams and schemes while working on a corruption squad in Philadelphia and were inspired by actual true crime FBI cases. 

During her FBI career, Jerri specialized in cases targeting major economic crime and corruption. Her investigation of a $350 million Ponzi scheme perpetrated against unsuspecting nonprofit organizations, high profiled philanthropists and beneficiary donors resulted in a 12-year prison sentence and multiple forfeitures; the international advance fee scam case she conducted resulted in a 14 year prison sentence and the forfeiture of the subject’s residence; and her major investigation of  business to business telemarketing fraud, which included a long-term undercover operation, resulted in 16 search warrants, 25 convictions, and numerous multi-year prison terms. Jerri received numerous awards throughout her career, including four United States Attorney Awards for Distinguished Service, three of them for her work on the cases noted. Being interviewed and appearing on CNBC’s American Greed in the episode—Confessions of a Con Man—was a highlight of Jerri’s career.

Toward the end of her federal law enforcement career, Jerri was appointed as the spokesperson for the Philadelphia Division of the FBI, taking on the responsibility of educating and informing the media and public about the Bureau. Post-FBI retirement, Jerri served as the spokesperson and Director of Media Relations for SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation provider. Both positions often placed her in the spotlight in front of local and national news media.

Jerri is currently using her federal law enforcement experience and communication and media experience to host and produce a popular true crime and history podcast—FBI Retired Case File Review—where she interviews retired FBI agents about their high-profile cases and careers, corrects clichés and misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies, and reviews crime fiction.

You can learn more about Jerri, her books, available in e-book, trade paperback, and audio book formats, and listen to her true crime and crime fiction podcast at www.jerriwilliams.com. Her podcast can also be accessed on Apple PodcastGoogle Podcast and other popular podcast apps.

Pay to Play—is represented by Curtis Brown Ltd., 10 Astor Place, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10003, (212) 473-5400.


Jerri Williams at City Hall
Photo Credit: Manny Smith


Retired Agent Jerri Williams has no current affiliation or connection to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.