Retired Supervisory Special Agent Jim Wedick served in the FBI for nearly 35 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jim talks about his assignment as an undercover agent in the Bureau’s very first long-term undercover investigation. The case, Major Case 1, was captioned OPFOPEN – short for Operation Fountain Pen. The investigation marked a significant shift in FBI priorities and the first time the Bureau operated a sophisticated attack on organized crime networks, financial criminals and con-men using White-Collar Crime violations to prosecute off shore criminal enterprises. The case is the subject of a book, Chasing Phil by David Howard, and will be made in to a feature film. Jim mentions several other notable cases, including bribery case, – dubbed by the California media as “Shrimp Scam” – for which he received the Director’s Award in 1994 and a large Health Care Fraud case he supervised. We acknowledge his wife, retired special agent Nancy Wedick, who teamed up with his on several successful cases.
Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)
JAMES J. WEDICK, JR.
12/29/1969 – 04/30/2005
WEDICK AND PARTNER JOHN BRENNAN PARTICPATED IN THE BUREAU’S FIRST MAJOR UNDERCOVER CASE – OPERATION FOUNTAIN PEN
Newspaper articles about Operation Fountain Pen:
Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. Her novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry is available at Amazon.com.
This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com – the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.