Jerry Robinette

Lead Investigator


Jerry Robinette is the lead investigator for Elias LLC.  As the lead investigator, Jerry coordinates a network of retired federal Special Agents  located throughout the country to secure the appropriate investigative team for each client and each case.

Jerry has had an impressive career in law enforcement.  He is the former Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations in San Antonio, Texas.  Jerry led the largest SAC HSI office in the country with over 600 employees, covering 58 Texas counties with approximately 500 miles of Texas/Mexico border.  The office encompassed two Federal Judicial Districts that consistently led criminal prosecutions for the United States. The office, with its key national role in addressing both national and public safety threats posed by the southwest border and its wealth of criminal smuggling organizations, consistently ranks in the top offices for arrests and convictions and seizures of currency, weapons and drugs. Jerry was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2012 for his accomplishments.

Following his retirement from federal service, Jerry served as Vice President of Global Financial Crimes Compliance and Executive Director for Investigations at JPMorgan Chase, directing and managing anti-money laundering teams comprised of over 150 compliance analysts and investigators focused on Counter Terrorist Financing and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act for all consumer related investigations.

Earlier in his federal career, Jerry served at ICE/U.S. Customs Headquarters in Washington D.C. from November 2001 to October 2004.  Jerry served as the Unit Chief for Financial Investigations, ICE's Liaison to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Assistant Director of ICE's Money Laundering Coordination Center and Executive Deputy Director for Customs' Terrorist Financing Unit.  In 2002, Jerry received the U.S. Customs Commissioner's Annual Enforcement Action of the Year Award associated with Operation Green Quest.

In 1992, Jerry was awarded the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association Special Award of Honor, associated with the seizure of over $100 million dollars and multi-tons of cocaine. In 1997, Jerry was awarded the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association Valor Award and FLEOA Valor Award.

Jerry began his career with the Houston Police Department (HPD) in 1979 as a Patrol Officer, Homicide Investigator, and as a Supervisor for Patrol, Narcotics and Internal Affairs.  In 1988, Jerry was recognized as the Houston Police Supervisor of the Year. In 1990, Jerry was recognized as the Houston One Hundred Club Narcotics Officer of the Year and also received the HPD Police Chief Unit Citation associated with the seizure of $50 million dollars and multi-tons of cocaine.