Episode 174: Jane Mason – Environmental Crime, Evidence Collection, PRESERVEkit

Retired agent Jane Mason served more than 28 years with the FBI. Initially assigned to the Kansas City Division, she spent the majority of her career in the New York Office where she worked White Collar Crime cases with a heavy focus on Environmental Crimes. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jane Mason reviews a case she worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where the subject, Gary Bennett operating as Gerace Contracting Corp., was hired for asbestos abatement at 26 Federal Plaza in New York. Garace’s workers used illegal removal methods and then dumped grates and bags of asbestos at scattered locations throughout New York City, exposing anyone who unknowingly came in contact with the hazardous materials.

As a collateral duty, for 16 years Jane Mason also served as the Evidence Response Team (ERT) leader collecting forensic evidence at hundreds of local, national, and international of crime scenes, including collecting evidence and human remains for nine months following the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Upon her retirement, she and another retired agent formed Secure Investigations, a private investigations company where a number of her clients were survivors of sexual assault. Her expertise and experience with evidence collection and working with survivors motivated Jane Mason to form The Preserve Group and to create and manufacture the PRESERVEkit, a self-administered, sexual assault evidence collection kit for survivors who do not have a sexual assault forensic exam, commonly referred to as a rape kit. Visit PRESERVEkit.com to learn more.

Special Agent (Retired)

Jane Mason

January 1986 – April 2014








“He didn’t have any plans for how to dispose of the asbestos, so he dumped it in scattered locations throughout New York City, parking lots, a baseball field, and then abandoned the rented U-Haul truck.”  —Retired Agent Jane Mason

The following are links to newspaper articles about the Gerace Contracting Corp. asbestos abatement investigation and, from the FBI website, articles on how the FBI investigates environmental crime.

UPI Archives – 7/28/1994: Asbestos crew charged in NY FBI case

FBI Website:  Protecting Mother Earth – Partnerships Against Environmental Crime

FBI Website:  It Takes a Team to Protect the Environment – Asbestos Removal Training Fraud “Cleaned Up”

Jane Mason leading ERT members during the search of a cocaine distribution ring.









The PRESERVEkit empowers survivors with the option to come forward with evidence of the crime in a month, a year, a decade, or longer.









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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