Catching up with Robert Pertuso '75
There probably aren’t too many Bryant alumni who were G-Men, but the Class of 1975 has at least two – Robert Pertuso is one, but if we told you the other...well, you know. Jeff Lampinksi ’78 also enjoyed a 25-year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Pertuso worked for 26 years as an FBI special agent investing white collar crime, organized crime, counter-terrorism, and foreign counter-intelligence. His famous cases include President Ronald Reagan’s firing of 11,345 air traffic controllers in August 1981; the investigation of the 1979 murder of Federal Judge John “Maximum” Wood; the “Pizza Connection” case – the longest criminal jury trial in federal court history; and the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist bombings. He received eight letters of commendation from FBI directors during his service.
It may seem a like a career stretch from his accounting degree, but his’s first assignments focused on financial institution and investment fraud.
In 2004, Pertuso was featured in a Discovery Channel episode of The FBI Files about his investigation of a home invasion robbery gang known as the Home Invaders.
It may seem a like a career stretch from his bachelor of science in accounting degree, but Pertuso’s first assignments focused on financial institution and investment fraud, a good fit for his education, which includes an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston.
Pertuso and his wife, Karen, who was also an agent, formed their own PI agency, RK International, in 2004. Based in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, they concentrate on corporate investigations that include travel outside the United States, which they both enjoy.
Since 2006, Pertuso has served on the advisory board of the St. Frances Cabrini Clinic, the oldest free medical clinic in the United States. He previously served on the executive board of the Detroit Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security and as an officer of Knights of Columbus Council 12121.
He plays golf and, expecting to retire in 2016, hopes to visit Ireland and Italy to pursue his ancestral research hobby.
Pertuso thinks fondly of Bryant, noting that auditing was his favorite course and that he still remembers stealing a quiet moment by the pond.