Episode 180: Michael E. Anderson – Passport Fraud, Investment Fraud, Murder-for-Hire

Retired agent Michael E. Anderson served with the FBI for 28 years. His initial assignment was to the San Antonio Division, Austin Resident Agency where he worked white-collar crime matters. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Michael E. Anderson reviews his investigation of German national Georg Dudov, for a money-laundering scheme that netted $2.3 million from people who thought they were investing in oil wells. In furtherance of the scheme, Dudov participated in passport fraud when he attempted to bribe an immigration official to issue him a fraudulent American passport and tried to hire a hitman to have an associate killed.

Later in his Bureau career, Mike Anderson was a supervisor at FBI Headquarters, before reporting to Houston as a White Collar Crime supervisor managing highly complex Financial Crimes and Intellectual Property Rights investigations. We previously spoke to Mike Anderson about the Enron Investigation, the largest and most complex White Collar Crime case in FBI history, for which he received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. Subsequently, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) and initially oversaw the entire Criminal Program. He also served as the FBI Houston Chief Policy and Compliance Officer for over six years. Michael E. Anderson is a Certified Fraud Examiner who has spoken extensively about Enron and ethics to universities, private groups and companies around the country. He can be contacted via his LinkedIn profile. Mike suggested that we dedicate this episode to FBI Agent Brian Crews, a colleague who worked with him on the Enron investigation and who died of cancer in 2018 as a result of his work as a member of the Evidence Response Team at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge (Retired)

Michael E. Anderson

5/21/1989 – 11/30/2017








“His German investors thought they were buying oil wells in Texas and Louisiana, but none of the $2.3 million raised was spent to drill a well.” — Retired Agent Mike E. Anderson

The following are links to articles about German national Georg Dudov’s oil wells Ponzi scheme investment and passport fraud scheme and an article about UCA Pete Hargraves:

Austin Business Journal – 2/7/1994:  Feds investigate Austin money laundering racket

Austin American Statesman – 3/3/1995:  Dudov’s high-rolling scam set in Austin

Washington Post – 9/14/1995:  PETE HARGRAVES, HAUNTED HERO

The passport photo Dudov gave to the CW along with a promise of a $30,000 bribe in furtherance of his fraudulent American passport fraud scheme.









A copy of the fake oil well certificate issued to investors from Georg Duduv’s First Eagle Oil Production Corporation.











Mike Anderson was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Director of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. Robert Starnes, the DSS with whom he worked on the Georg Dudov passport fraud case, is at the far right of the photo.















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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