Episode 201: Gina Osborn – Little Saigon, Asian Organized Crime

Retired agent Gina Osborn served in the FBI for 22 years. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Gina Osborn reviews an assignment from early in her career in the 90s, when she worked on a Westminster Police Department Task Force targeting Asian Organized Crime in Little Saigon District of Orange County. Gina and her Westminster PD partner, Detective Tommy Rackleff, known by Vietnamese gangsters as “Old Guy and The Blonde,” were successful in dismantling video gambling, extortion, prostitution rings, and gang violence.

Later in her career, Gina held management level positions, including supervising counterterrorism investigations in Southeast Asia and leading some of the Bureau’s most significant national security and criminal computer intrusion investigations such as the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Recently, Gina and her cohost Tracy Miller, a Senior Prosecutor, launched Behind the Crime Scene – a True Crime Podcast – a True Crime Podcast, which explores the human side of first responders, investigators and prosecutors, focusing on notorious cases which have haunted them their entire careers.  In each episode, they dive deep into the world of some of the worst crimes in U.S. history and go behind the scenes to show how these cases impacted the lives of the heroes who responded to them.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Gina Osborn

4/14/1996 – 5/31/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It was definitely a dangerous assignment because I was not Vietnamese, I was working in Little Saigon, I was a tall blond, so wherever I went people knew us… We were known in that community as being part of this task force. It was something to think about wherever we were out on the street.”—Retired agent Gina Osborn

The following are links to newspaper articles about a few of the cases Gina Osborn worked will assigned as the FBI’s representative on the Westminster Little Saigon Asian Organized Crime Task Force:

Los Angeles Times – 9/29/2000:  Little Saigon Raids Dismantle Crime Ring, Authorities Say

Los Angeles Times – 9/13/1997:  6 Arrested in Raid on Alleged Brothel

Los Angeles Times – 9/9/1998:  3 Men Held in Loanshark at Card Casino 

Los Angeles Times – 9/29/2000: Police Video Gambling Ring Crushed    Gang – Cont.

During her assignment on the Westminster Police Department Task Force, Gina Osborn investigated Asian Organized Crime in the Little Saigon District of Orange County, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gina Osborn with her Asian Organized Crime task force partner Detective Tommy Rackleff. They were known as “Old Guy and The Blonde.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out BEHIND THE CRIME SCENE with retired FBI Special Agent Gina Osborn and Prosecutor Tracy Miller, available wherever you listen to podcasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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