Former fbi agent terry hake is interviewed about working undercover as a corrupt attorney in the chicago judicial bribery case operation greylord. The investigation, known as greylord, became the longest and most successful undercover investigation in fbi history, and the largest. So deeply ingrained was the system of bribery that the fbi had to concoct bogus cases in which the victims, the perpetrators and the witnesses were all working with the government. In april of that year, he agreed to assist the fbi and the united states attorneys office in an investigation.
Former states attorney turned fbi agent tells story of. And it was led by terrence hake, a young assistant prosecutor in the cook county states attorneys office in. In 1978 newly appointed associate judge lockwood reported to chicago to fulfill the obligation all southern illinois judges have to serve six weeks each year to reduce the backlog in the cook county system. Today marks an important anniversary in the annals of public corruption investigations in. And even when the existence of operation greylord was widely bruited about, most of the corrupt judges continued to sell verdicts in cases involving traffic tickets, drugs and divorces. Operation greylord was the longest and most successful undercove. From left, shirley and leonard wass visit with author and former fbi agent terrance hake, who has written a book about the undercover anticorruption investigation operation greylord in chicago. It was called operation greylord, named after the curly wigs worn by british judges. Postal inspection service, the chicago police department internal affairs division and the illinois state police into corruption in the judiciary of cook county, illinois the chicago jurisdiction. Named after the curly wigs worn by british judges, operation greylord rooted out corruption in the cook county, illinois courts in the 1980s. Judge brocton lockwood wore a wire for the fbi to help clean up a corrupt chicago traffic court.
Operation greylord by terrance hake and wayne klatt. But the web of operation greylord, a fiveyearold fbi undercover probe of corruption in the nations largest court system, has already caught. It resulted in bribery and tax charges against 103 judges, lawyers, and other court personnel, and, eventually, more than seventy indictments. In 1980, terrence hake was a young assistant prosecutor in the cook county states attorneys office in chicago. One saturday i was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, fbi casefile. The fbi named the investigation operation greylord after the curly wigs worn by british judges. And in the endthrough undercover operations that used honest and very courageous judges and lawyers posing. As a lawyer in private practice, terry represented an undercover fbi agent who. The article was written by by terrence hake fbi 19811988 with contributions from david grossman fbi 19781999, david ries fbi 19762000 and william megary fbi 19771999. Operation greylord was an investigation conducted jointly by the federal bureau of investigation, the irs criminal investigation division, the u. Operation greylord this fbi history article appeared in the april 2017 issues of the grapevine, published by the society of former special agents of the fbi. He experienced it firsthand for more than three years when he worked undercover for the fbi during operation greylord, the. Terry hake was the principal fbi undercover lawyer in the investigation, and his new book tells the story from the inside for the first time.
This book is the story of rampant bribery and fixing of cases in the cook county, illinois, court system. Bust can be purchased here and at other local and online bookstores. Operation greylord investigations of public corruption rooting crookedness out of government. Former fbi agent terry hake is interviewed about working undercover as a.
Operation greylord was the longest and most successful undercover investigation in fbi history, and the largest corruption bust ever in the u. The true story of an untrained undercover agent and americas biggest corruption bust paperback by terrence hake. Terry hake operation greylord judicial corruption part 1. Greylord was the name the federal bureau of investigation gave the operation to dig out corruption that existed in the courts.
Operation greylord was the longest and most successful undercover investigation in fbi history, and the largest corruption bust ever in the us. Prior to greylord, cook county courts and some other illinois county court. Terry hake operation greylord, judicial corruption. The true story of an untrained undercover agent and americas biggest corruption bust by terrence hake the investigation, known as greylord, became the longest and most successful undercover investigation in fbi history, and the largest corruption bust ever in the u. Operation greylord is a story of true crime that details americas largest undercover fbi investigation into corruption. It resulted in bribery and tax charges against 103 judges, lawyers, and other court personnel, and, eventually, more than 70 indictments. Operation greylord is the riveting tale of how a few honest lawyers in the united states attorneys office in chicago, with the help of the fbi.1088 1583 589 640 234 1322 11 658 1634 1158 1181 61 1449 1495 387 1476 716 566 561 1211 1326 190 1011 1356 1040 616 1450 481 624 262 784 1374