How Bad is Public Corruption in Northern Virginia? Apparently Bad Enough for the FBI to Seek the Public’s Help

How Bad is Public Corruption in Northern Virginia? Apparently Bad Enough for the FBI to Seek the Public’s Help

 We know that the former governor of Virginia and his wife have been charged with corruption, and that Virginia was one of a handful of states to get an "F" in a corruption study, but how bad, really, is corruption here?

Apparently, this form of financial fraud is bad enough for the FBI to seek the public’s assistance in identifying public corruption in Virginia. More precisely, in Northern Virginia.

The FBI has identified public corruption as its “number one criminal investigative priority,” but says that the secretive nature of the crime makes it difficult to detect without the assistance of concerned citizens. In fact, many of the FBI’s investigations into public corruption begin with a tip from someone who encounters corruption. Therefore, the FBI says, the public’s willingness to come forward and report abuse of public office is essential to the FBI’s investigations.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office has dedicated a squad of agents that investigate allegations of public corruption in Northern Virginia. To help identify potential criminal activity, the Washington Field Office has set up a Northern Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 703-686-6225 and e-mail at NOVAPC@ic.fbi.gov.

Two recent examples of public corruption investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which includes jurisdiction over Northern Virginia, are a DMV employee and two others who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for DMV documents for illegal aliens who were otherwise not eligible; and a chief of a volunteer fire department who pleaded guilty to theft from a program that received federal funds.

Learn more: Former Virginia Governor and His Wife Are Charged with Corruption; 8 States Get "F" In Corruption Study.

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