Retired agent Scott Garriola served in the FBI for over 31 years. He was assigned to the New Orleans Division where he worked Public Corruption, Italian Organized Crime and Drugs investigations until he was transferred to the Los Angeles Division, where he was initially assigned to an OC squad. On this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Scott reviews his investigation of Steve Banerjee, the owner of the Chippendales, who hired a hitman to murder his choreographer and business partner Nick De Noia. The Chippendales are a touring dance troupe best known for its male striptease shows and for the dancers’ display of their chiseled chests and defined pectoral muscles accented by bow ties, collars, and shirt cuffs similar to those worn by Playboy bunnies. Scott, a relatively new agent, at the time, worked this international murder-for-hire case with veteran agent Andrew Stefanak, now deceased.
Later in his career, Scott moved to a Violent Crimes Squad where he worked primarily fugitives or “88s” (FBI case category). He made over 2,000 arrests, and as the lead agent was responsible for the apprehension of 6 fugitives on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, including the infamous Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger.
He currently works as an FBI consultant on several television shows such as FBI, FBI Most Wanted, Clarice and All Rise.
Special Agent (Retired)
6/5/1988 – 9/30/2019
“[After his arrest] Colon says, ‘I’m down here. The people you want are up here.’ Obviously there’s somebody above Colon responsible for this murder-for-hire plot.”—Retired agent Scott Garriola
The following are links to news articles about the Chippendales murder-for-hire investigation:
FBI Website: Murder-For-Hire
Los Angeles Times – 7/30/1994: Chippendale’s Owner Admits Murder – Man who began male stripper revue pleads guilty to homicide, racketeering charges
New York Post – 2/7/2021: The shockingly dark history of Chippendales
The Sun.com – 2/20/21: FLESH AND BLOOD – How the Chippendales’ success led to arson, fraud and cold-blooded murder
The Daily Guardian – 5/20/2021: KUMAIL NANJIANI TO PLAY CHIPPENDALES FOUNDER SOMEN ‘STEVE’ BANERJEE IN HULU SERIES
Oxygen – 5/21/2021: How Former FBI Agents Are Making Your Favorite Crime Shows More Realistic
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