Oct. 7, 2020

Wrong Numbers

Wrong Numbers

My special guest tonight is a former TV investigative reporter and current part-time private investigator Glen Meeks to discuss his book called 'Wrong Numbers'.

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"Wrong Numbers is an intriguing and well-researched crime story detailing the intersection of big money and quick sex in the city that contains a lot of both." - Jack Sheehan, author of Skin City

 

Was a hacker diverting phone calls meant for Las Vegas escort services? The FBI wanted to know, and so did associates of a New York Mafia family. 

In one of the most unusual undercover operations ever, the FBI had an agent acting as a manager in a real Las Vegas escort service. 

Federal agents expected to find prostitution and drugs in the Las Vegas escort industry. What their investigation uncovered was even more serious.

 

 

"Wiseguys and wannabes are on the hunt for a shadowy hacker who may hold the keys to control of Las Vegas’ multi-million dollar call girl racket, while FBI agents are hunting them. The result is a gripping true-life crime story that reads like a collaboration between Elmore Leonard and Williams Gibson told with the knowing savvy of two longtime chroniclers of Sin City’s hidden underbelly." - Kevin Poulsen, author of KINGPIN: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground"In ’90s Vegas, call girls worked for “entertainment” services that were little more than phone numbers, dispatchers, and drop safes. When a mystery hacker started diverting customer’s calls to one service’s number, it launched a series of dangerous events that involved the Mob, feds, hackers, service owners, and the phone system itself. This slice of Sin City history is as little-known as it is thrilling, and it’s well-told by investigative journalist Glen Meek and crime writer Dennis Griffin." - Deke Castleman, author of Whale Hunt in the Desert: Secrets of a Vegas Superhost


Glen Meeks

Special Guest

For more than thirty years I covered the sometimes mean — but always interesting — streets of Las Vegas as a TV investigative reporter. From the devastating explosion of the PEPCON rocket fuel factory in 1988, to the mass murder at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October, 2017, I have been a professional eyewitness to Las Vegas history. During that time, I was honored with ten Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Pacific Southwest Chapter. Although journalism was my first love — and first career — I also spent more than seven years as a staff investigator for the Federal Public Defender of Nevada. This experience, working inside the justice system, was a remarkable hands-on education in how criminal cases are charged, prosecuted and defended. Though I no longer work for the Federal Public Defender, I still investigate criminal cases on behalf of defense attorneys as a registered employee of a well-known private investigation firm in Las Vegas. Wrong Numbers is the product of that combined journalistic/investigative education and experience. It is the culmination of years of collecting facts, interviewing witnesses, and reviewing evidence about one of the most interesting cases I ever covered in three decades as an investigative reporter.