Episode 157: Scott Duffey – Russian National Robs Bank, Kills Mother

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 (Retired)

Scott Duffey

1/1997 to 8/2018










“We began an investigation that his mother might have met with foul play based on contradictory statements from Dmitry.”   —  Retired FBI Agent Scott Duffey


The following links are to newspaper articles about the bank robbery conviction for Dmitry Pronin and later his murder conviction for the death of his mother, Yulia Pogrebenko:

Son pleads guilty in 2011 killing of mother visiting from Russia

Russian National Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Armed Bank Robbery

Russian man suspected in mother’s Md. death: Police

Dmitry Pronin and his mother, Yulia Pogrebenko.









This surveillance photo shows Dmitry Pronin’s mother, Yulia Pogrebenko waiting in line at Avis counter at JFK Airport to rent a car to drive from New York to Baltimore to visit her son.










The partial tag recalled by a witness at the bank robbery, helped to lead to this rental car and ultimately the discovery that Dmitry Pronin had murdered his mother.











Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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