Retired agent Scott Duffey served in the FBI for 22 years. For the majority of his career, he was assigned to the Wilmington Resident Agency out of the Baltimore Division where he was the bank robbery and kidnapping coordinator, and later, the supervisory special agent. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews a bank robbery case involving a Russian national that morphed into a strange murder investigation. In the process of gathering evidence to charge Dmitry Pronin with bank robbery, Scott discovered that just days before the bank was robbed Pronin’s mother had gone missing. Yulia Pogrebenko had just arrived in the U.S. from Russia to visit her son. Approximately five months later, her lower body and partial skull were discovered floating in the Chesapeake Bay and off of Tolchester Beach. Scott continued working with and assisting the Baltimore County Police Department on the murder investigation.
Scott Duffey also served as the coordinator of the FBI’s Delaware Violent Crimes Task Force from 1999 through 2011. Prior to joining the Bureau, he was a Lower Merion Township Police Officer. With a B.A. in Classical Languages and a Masters in Administration of Justice, Scott Duffey currently serves as the Associate Director of the Criminal Justice Institute for Wilmington University.
Supervisory Special Agent
January 1997 – August 2018
“We began an investigation that his mother might have met with foul play based on contradictory statements from Dmitry and his being in possession of the clothes she wore in the surveillance photo taken at the JFK airport.” — Retired FBI Agent Scott Duffey
The following are links to newspaper articles about the Dmitry Pronin bank robbery case which lead to the missing person and murder investigation of his mother, Yulia Pogrebenko:
FBI Press Release – 9/21/2011: Russian National Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery
Washington Post – 11/24/2011: Russian man suspected in mother’s Md. death: Police
Baltimore Sun – 2/4/2015: Son pleads guilty in 2011 killing of mother visiting from Russia