A trusted banker walks away with $1.3 million in untraceable cash.

John Anthony Quinn in suit and tie with a small mustache

John Anthony Quinn

Suspect:

Gender: Male
DOB: 1/7/40
Height: 5’7”
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Defining Characteristics: Fluent in Spanish
Remarks: Authorities believe he may now be living somewhere in Hawaii or near Baltimore, Maryland.  He may be using the name Calvin Clukey.

CASE DETAILS

Jack Quinn was Vice President and General Manager of Federal Protection Services, a company that provided security and armed guards to banks and other financial institutions.   Every day, the firm handled millions of dollars in cash.

Quinns drivers license with a photo of him with a dull grey/white beard

Quinn’s driver’s license

On the morning of Saturday, April 9, 1988, Jack arrived at his office early, as usual.   Only a supervisor, Harry Goldberg, was working that morning.   According to Harry, there was nothing unusual:

“I walked down the hall several times to pick up coffee or whatever.   And every time I’d go past that window, I’d look in and see him sitting at the desk, just as calm, cool and collected as you’d ever want to see him.”

Somehow, without being noticed, Quinn spent most of the morning in the vault transferring the money into boxes.   He put the money from the vault into the trunk of his company car and an additional $107,000 into the trunk of his personal car.   He then asked Harry Goldberg to follow him home.   When he arrived home, Quinn dropped off his car, and said goodbye to his wife.   Harry Goldberg drove Quinn back to the office.   Quinn got into the company car that now held over a million dollars, and headed to the airport.   Police believed he had transferred 1.3 million dollars into suitcases.   When he arrived at the airport, Quinn unloaded his car and vanished.   James Cavanaugh, a Special Agent for the FBI, was a lead investigator on the case:

“The trail for Quinn stops at Palm Beach International Airport.   From that point we have no idea where Mr. Quinn has gone.   Indications are that he did not take a plane.   He did not rent a car and he did not take a cab.”

Quinn, with a revolver tucked in his pants takes money out of a safe

Quinn quietly cleaned out the safe

When her husband failed to come home that evening, Quinn’s wife called his office.   They had no idea where he was or what he had done.   The next morning she found the $107,000 in the trunk of their car and turned it in to the police.   She also found a letter that read in part, “I have done something very wrong and I can’t stay and face the consequences.”   According to Special Agent Cavanaugh, Quinn walked away with untraceable bills:

“There are no pre-recorded serial numbers.   There are no bait bills.   The monies are of a varied denomination and basically could never be traced to him.”

Quinn was known to appreciate the good life.   He rented a 10- acre horse ranch.   Friends wondered how he could afford this extravagant lifestyle on his $35,000 a year income.

Quinn walking down the street with a medium sized suitcase in each hand

Total take: $1.3 million

In their investigation, police learned that Quinn had once been suspected of stealing $70,000 at another firm before he went to work at Federal Protection Services.     Carl Fulgenzi was the President of Federal Protection Services at the time of Quinn’s theft:

“Several weeks prior to this theft, we learned that the IRS was after Jack Quinn to settle a substantial amount of money. It was quite obvious to me that the reason he pulled this job is because he was going to lose everything and possibly go to jail.”

There were also reports that Quinn had been conducting an ongoing affair.   A month prior to the theft, Quinn would leave home at 5 AM, yet not arrive at work until 9:30.   Police speculated that he used the time to see his girlfriend.   They also speculated that the two may have run away together.

Whatever the reasons for his disappearance, today Jack Quinn is a wanted man.   In all, Quinn walked away with 1.3 million dollars.   Authorities believe he is living somewhere in Hawaii or near Baltimore, Maryland, and going by the name Calvin Clukey.


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5 Comments

  1. X-citement!!

    Yea Jenny but people would have got their insured money back so then the only entity that would have been stuck would have been the government. However, they would have just printed more money and add it on top of their humongous debt that accumulates more each and every day for the most ridiculous stuff ever!

    That’s why people are rooting this guy on! To move out of this country just to another country that’s just as corrupt, if not more, is actually a bit of a hassle as well. So now I hope you understand people rooting for the enemy. And if you think an adulterous thief is worse than the people running this country, well you better wake up! His crimes are minor compared to those with all the power and all the money.

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  2. Jenny from the Block

    Interesting comments. I hope he got away, I hope he got away! Wow. So – it’s bad if the IRS allegedly “robs” people (even though you choose to live in a country that abides – financially – by the rules & regs of the IRS, thus making yourself subject to those same rules & regs you want to claim are “robbing” you) – but it’s okay if some adulterous con-man does the same thing? Ahhhh, the double standards of the downtrodden. Despite the fact that the funds held in banks and most financial institutions is federally insured (meaning it’s guaranteed to be replaced in the event of theft), it still belongs to the working stiff. Oh, wait – that would be YOU, anonymous commenter who rejoices in the fact that you just got robbed – not by the IRS, but by the guy someone trusted to make sure you didn’t get robbed. Good call.

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  3. WHITE PERSON

    I’m happy he got away, the IRS ROBS innocent hard working people, i hope he enjoyed every last penny of it!

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  4. Anson

    He left his wife money he knew what he was doing and she turned it in.

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  5. Ben Dover

    He got away with this! I hoped he lived all those 30yrs with all that money! He is probably dead or in a nursing home by now.

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