FBI appeals for public’s help in ferreting out..

… public corruption in Northern Virginia

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The FBI took the unusual step of asking for the public’s assistance in corruption cases on Tuesday, in a news release that listed the  Washington Field Office’s telephone hotline and an e-mail address for tips.

In the release, the agency called public corruption its “number one criminal investigative priority” and said it was especially interested in ferreting it out in Northern Virginia. The agency said many of its corruption cases begin with tips and asked anyone with information to call a special Northern Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 703-686-6225 or send an e-mail to NOVAPC@ic.fbi.gov.

“Public corruption is often the result of agreements made in whispered conversations and sealed with quick handshakes,” the FBI said in its release. “The secretive nature of the crime makes it difficult to detect without the assistance of concerned citizens.”

The release was unusual in that it was not tethered to any specific case, thought it did  highlight a few cases that have made their way through the federal courthouse in Alexandria.

In one such case, several people admitted running a scheme through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to get authentic state IDs for illegal immigrants. In others, volunteer fire officials admitting taking money from their department coffers. >>> Read more Washington Post

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