Episode 174: Jane Mason – Environmental Crime, Evidence Collection

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, Jane Mason reviews a case she worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where the subject, 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 in New York.

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 human remains and evidence collection 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. She also publishes the Secure FBI Directory, a networking and referral tools for retired and former FBI special agents.

Special Agent (Retired)

Jane Mason

1/1986 – 4/2014








“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 evidence collection and search of a cocaine distribution ring.











For more case reviews about evidence collection and environmental crimes, listen to these FBI Retired Case File Review episode:

221: Jean O’Connor – Evidence Response Teams, ERT

214: Andrew Bringuel – Acmar Landfill Case, Clean Water Act Violation

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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