Episode 160: Warren Flagg – Pet Cemetery Scam

Retired agent Warren Flagg served 22 years as a special agent with the FBI and, before his appointment, an additional five years as a fingerprint filing clerk and FBI Headquarter tour guide. During his agent career, he worked white-collar crime cases in the New York Division. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Warren Flagg reviews a pet cemetery scam he investigated where burial grounds containing up to 250,000 carcasses of deceased dogs and cats were discovered in the woods behind a pet memorial park. The subjects, a father and son, were convicted of mail fraud based on the premiums they collected to individually bury or cremate pets when they instead illegally dumped the animals into mass cremations and burials.

Following his retirement, Warren Flagg formed Flaggman Inc. a private investigative and film consultant firm. Over the past 20 years ago, he has worked as a technical adviser on TV and films with Woody Harrelson, and the writers of the Show Time series Sleeper Cell, starring Michael Ealy. He can be contacted via his website Flaggman Inc.

This episode is dedicated to the campaign to bring home Warren Flagg’s friend and former colleague Robert (Bob) Levinson, a retired FBI Agent who was kidnapped in Kish Island, Iran on March 9, 2017, and has not been publicly seen or heard from since. Learn more here.

Special Agent (Retired)

Warren Flagg

1976 – 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“They would just dispose of the animals that were usually in plastic bags and throw them in these pits and just fill them in.”  —  Retired Agent Warren Flagg

 

The following are links to newspaper articles about the Long Island pet cemetery scam investigated by Warren Flagg:

New York Times – 6/19/1991:  Pet Cemetery Broke Hearts In Burial Fraud, F.B.I. Says

UPI Archives – 6/18/1991: FBI uncovers fraud at L.I. pet cemetery

The Times – 6/20/1991:  FBI: Pet cemetery promised cremation, delivered mass burials

Daily Record – 6/22/1991:   Pet Cemetery Outrage Spreads

 Pet – Continued from Page 1

Orlando Sentinel – 6/13/1992:  PET CEMETERY OWNERS GET PRISON TERMS FOR FRAUD

The Long Island Pet Memorial Park maintained peaceful burial sites with soothing names such as Tranquil Forest, Sleepy Meadow, Kitty Corner, Feathered Friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet owners all around the country were outraged about the pet cemetery scam operated at a pet memorial park on Long Island, NY and eagar to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improperly preserved pet ashes presented as evidence in federal court during the pet cemetery scam trial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pet memorial owners indiscriminately disposed of pets by burning them in mass incinerations, or by using a back hoe to dig huge open pits in the woods and throwing them in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 200 episodes available for free subscription on all popular podcast apps.

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