About Me

 

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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 is using her prior professional experiences with scams and schemers to write crime fiction about greed and often jokes that she is reliving her glory days by producing and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime and history podcast where she interviews retired FBI agents about their high-profile cases and careers.

In her new book, FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives, she presents she presents the top 20 clichés about the FBI she sees in books, TV, and movies. Each cliché has its own chapter where she provides a reality check while breaking down the facts. Throughout the book, she includes quotes from retired agents about how the FBI actually works and reviews popular films and fiction featuring FBI agent characters. Her crime novels – Pay to Play and Greedy Givers – feature a female FBI agent assigned to a Public Corruption and Fraud Squad in Philadelphia. Both stories were inspired by actual true crime FBI cases.


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 assigned to a Public Corruption and Fraud Squad in Philadelphia. Both stories, full of temptation, greed, and redemption, 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.

In her new book, FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives, she presents her top 20 clichés about the FBI. Each cliché has its own chapter where she provides a reality check while breaking down the facts. Throughout the book, she includes quotes from retired agents about how the FBI actually works and reviews popular films and fiction featuring FBI agent characters. Her crime novels – Pay to Play and Greedy Givers – feature a female FBI agent assigned to a Public Corruption and Fraud Squad in Philadelphia. Both stories were inspired by actual true crime FBI cases.

You can learn more about Jerri and her books, and listen to her true crime and history podcast at www.jerriwilliams.com. Her podcast can also be accessed on Apple PodcastGoogle Podcast and other popular podcast apps.

 

Jerri Williams at City Hall
Photo Credit: Manny Smith

 

Retired Agent Jerri Williams has no current affiliation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.