Episode 006: Jim Wedick – Undercover Stings and Bogus Securities


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)


12/29/1969 – 04/30/2005


James J Wedick













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Screen shot of Jim on the Sean Hannity Show on FOX News Channel providing expert commentary regarding the Boston bombing.










Jim with his wife (and retired agent ) Nancy Wedick as he accepts the Director’s Award in 1994 from former FBI Director Louie Freeh for the BRISPEC investigation.
















Jim receiving his official FBI credentials from Assistant Director Jenkins upon graduating from the FBI Academy in 1973.














Image from surveillance video of “ShrimpScam” undercover agent (UCA) and a cooperating witness making a $10K payment to a California Legislative Aide. 1986
















Newspaper articles about Operation Fountain Pen:

King of Scam Royally Conned Pigeons Until FBI Caged Him

Con Man Gets Stung at His Own Game_


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Jim and undercover partner John “Jack” Brennan in 1977.











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Jim Wedick and Jack Brennan while undercover in Frankfurt, Germany in 1977.












Chasing Phil author Howard, Wedick, Brennan and Fuller at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in August 2015.











Jim in Los Angeles in 1978 or 1979 with Swiss and Federal Authorities, including LA Division ADIC and Agents Brennan and Hanlon.














Retired FBI Agents Talk About OPFOPEN Case


OPFOPEN: The Backstory On The FBI’s ABSCAM Case





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.

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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 Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her novels—Pay To Play and Greedy Givers—inspired by actual true crime FBI cases and featuring temptation, corruption, and redemption, are available at amazon.com. 


  1. carcan pascalFebruary 27, 2018

    A big Mr, this Mr Wedick.

    1. Jerri WilliamsFebruary 28, 2018

      Yes, indeed. Jim Wedick worked many exciting corruption cases during his career.


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