Episode 203: Jim Casey – Detroit Auto Theft Ring

Retired agent Jim Casey served in the FBI for nearly 25 years.  Prior to joining the FBI, he was a police officer in Arlington, Virginia, and a Special Agent with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Jim Casey reviews a Group I undercover case from early in his career when he was in the Detroit Field Office and assigned to investigate a major auto theft ring stealing Mercedes luxury cars and equipment and vehicles from the Ford Motor Company. Two of his fugitive subjects were caught after being featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.”

Later in his career, Jim Casey served in the Indianapolis, and Cincinnati Field Offices, as well as two tours at FBI Headquarters. Most of his assignments were in counterterrorism and national security matters. He was a Director of Intelligence Programs on the National Security Council (NSC) at the George W. Bush White House. His Bureau career culminated in his assignment as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Jacksonville Field Office.

Currently, Jim Casey is the President of FCS Global Advisors, a brand-new spin-off of the twenty-year-old security firm, First Coast Security Services (FCS). FCS Global Advisors will concentrate on complex and financial investigations; conducting due diligence and deep background investigations; security assessments; crisis management; and cyber investigations and support.

Special Agent in Charge

Jim Casey

June 1987 – January 2012









“The only way to have an airtight case was to buy one of the cars from him. We heard about the fake titles, fake nameplates, and the keys that had been made, but we could never tie it back to him. A hand to hand buy would do that.”—Retired Agent Jim Casey

The following are links to newspaper articles about the auto theft ring UCO and an article about how, in the early days of the Bureau, cars helped nationalize the threat of crime, which led to the growth of the FBI into what it is today:

Seattle Times – Oct 8, 1993:  Special Delivery For A Fugitive — Bremerton Pizza Hut Driver Aids In Arrest Of Man On The Lam

Detroit Free Press – July 10, 1994:  Fugitive Car Thief Gives Guilty Plea

FBI Website:  Curbing Car Crimes – How a 100-Year-Old Car Theft Law Led to the Modern FBI

The booking photo of Frank Paulus and a Bureau document about the case.














Auto theft ring fugitives John Goodloe and Franklin Paulus were captured after being featured on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.” Is the show coming back to TV?










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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