Ray Ruebenson - Special Agent FBI from 1975-2006
Upon graduating from the FBI
Academy in Quantico, Virginia in August of 1975 Ray was assigned to the New York
Field Office, specifically to work Organized Crime. This squad was tasked with
investigating criminal activity conducted by members of the Genovese Crime
Family. Organized Crime in New York
consists of five mafia families and the Genovese Family is the largest in terms
of the number of members and associates.
The squad investigated everything the family was involved in from
prostitution, murder, loansharking, extortion and kidnapping. Ray was able to get indictments and convictions
of a Captain or Capo in the Genovese family along with made members of his crew
for conducting one of the largest bookmaking and nationwide gambling operations
in New York.
In 1980 Ray was transferred to the Chicago
field office which was where he was born and raised.
He was assigned to the Labor Racketeering
squad in Chicago which pursued investigations of criminal conduct by various
Labor Unions in the Chicago area. Ray's labor
investigations lead to indicting union bosses and Gerald
Pfeiffer, the Chicago Park District Marine harbor director plus 4 harbor
captains who were extorting boaters to obtain plum dock assignments on Lake
Michigan. In 1986, Ray began working public corruption cases in Chicago and
remained there until the early 1990s when he transferred to the West Resident
Agency (WRA) within the Chicago Division located in Lisle, Illinois.
While working white collar crime
cases, Ray's heart was always in investigating corrupt politicians. He began an investigation into an individual
named Larry Hall who worked at the Elgin, Illinois Secretary of State facility.
The case known as Operation Safe Road resulted in the indictment and conviction
of 68 Secretary of State Employees and other individuals associated with these
employees, including Governor George Ryan and some of his top associates.
Upon his retirement from the FBI in
2006, Ray went to work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and investigated doctors
and hospitals that purposely overbilled for procedures not performed. He left that position in 2008. In 2010 Ray
was contacted by a former Assistant US Attorney to work for his company which
investigates employee misconduct within various companies in the Chicago area.