Operation Greylord was the longest and most successful undercover investigation in FBI history, and the largest corruption bust ever in the U.S. It resulted in bribery and tax charges against 103 judges, lawyers, and other court personnel, and, eventually, more than seventy indictments.
And it was led by Terrence Hake, a young assistant prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, who worked undercover for nearly four years, accepting bribes, making payoffs, wearing a wire in bars and to racetracks, bugging a judge's chambers, and befriending people he knew he would betray.
Operation Greylord has never before been detailed by an insider in the investigation.
Terrence Hake (Chicago, IL) is currently an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Wayne Klatt (Chicago) is a former reporter and news editor for the Chicago Tribune, co-writer of the true-crime books Freed to Kill, I Am Cain, and Homicide: 100 Years of Murder, and author of Chicago Journalism: A History and King of the Gold Coast.