INVESTIGATION: Federal Informants Paid $548M In Recent Years


Federal agencies paid at least $548 million in recent years to informants working for the following agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

Here is a sample of our findings: Minting millionaires: A few informants became millionaires, with some Amtrak and “parcel” delivery workers making nearly $1 million or more.Authorized crimes: Many informants were authorized to commit “crimes” with the permission of their federal handlers. In a four-year period, there were 22,800 crime authorizations (2011-2014). Our auditors at OpenTheBooks compiled this information by reviewing federal reports – the latest information available.

Read our piece at Forbes: FBI And Other Agencies Paid Informants $548 Million In Recent Years With Many Committing Authorized Crimes.

This morning, our investigation was covered with an interview on The National Desk At Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of 190 ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox affiliates across America.

In our Forbes column, we also cover the controversial deployment of FBI informants:What was the FBI informant’s role on January 6th at the Capitol riot?How many FBI informants helped plan and execute an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer?

READ our investigation published at Forbes to learn more about federal law enforcement and potential conflicts.

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