Joe Wolfinger and Chris Kerr are retired FBI agents who never met H. Paul Rico. They are, however, both experienced and veteran investigators. Both are attorneys.
Kerr enjoyed a 33-year career in the FBI, beginning as a support employee in the busy Los Angeles field office. He worked briefly as an analyst at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and then was selected as a special agent. He spent 26 years primarily as case agent on organized crime and drug cases in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Tampa, and also served as a Criminal Division agent supervisor at FBI Headquarters. Kerr received many awards and commendations from the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Offices for these investigations, the latest a 2007 award from the U.S. Attorney in Tampa, Florida for his work running a long-term multi-agency organized crime prosecution . He was elected by his peers to three terms on the National Executive Board of the FBI Agents Association, which represents 80 percent of the bureau's agents. He was also elected as national co-chair of the FBI Special Agents Advisory Committee, the bureau's in-house agents advisory group. When Kerr retired, he received his law degree from Stetson University Law School and began a career as a criminal defense lawyer.
Wolfinger's career spanned 30 years and included several major, high-profile investigations and assignments, including his supervision of the counterintelligence squad in Norfolk, Va., that apprehended John Walker, the retired U.S. Navy chief warrant officer and communications specialist convicted of spying for the Soviet Union over a 17 year period in what The New York Times described as the "most damaging Soviet spy ring in history." After graduation from the University of South Carolina Law School, he entered the FBI as a special agent and rose through a variety of positions — serving as a squad supervisor, inspector, special agent in charge and, lastly, as assistant director in charge of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va. For the past twelve years, Wolfinger has served pro bono as the executive director of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association.
Jerry Seper has been a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 30 years and currently is the Investigative Editor at The Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He held a similar position at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, named to that post after Republic reporter Don Bolles was blown up in his car in a mob assassination. Seper is the winner of numerous writing and reporting awards, including "Newsperson of the Year" in Arizona and the Barnet Nover Award for Best Investigative Reporting by the White House Correspondents Association. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served aboard a gunfire support and down pilot rescue destroyer during the Vietnam War. He also served as a police officer in the Los Angeles area.
RICO- How Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Mob Destroyed One of the FBI’s finest Special Agents
By Joe Wolfinger
Published: December 3, 2012.
In October 2003 Paul Rico, a 78-year old retired FBI agent, was arrested and charged with the 1981 murder of a Tulsa Oklahoma based millionaire. Rico died a few months later in January 2004, before a trial or even a preliminary hearing could be held. An investigation by two retired agents proves two things: 1) he was a great agent and 2) he was not guilty.
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