FBI Announces Corruption Hotline

By: FBI Release
By: FBI Release

Special Agent in Charge (SAC) James Casey of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division, together with U.S. Attorneys Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida, and Robert E. O’Neill, Middle District of Florida, announced today a major initiative designed to solicit the public’s help in identifying and targeting public corruption.

Public corruption is a breach of the public's trust by government officials—whether elected, appointed, or under contract—and/or private individuals who use their public office for personal gain. It is a violation of federal law for any federal, state, or local government official to ask for or receive anything of value in exchange for, or because of, any official act. Under federal law, the person who offers or pays a bribe is also guilty. These crimes are the result of deals sealed with whispered conversations, quick handshakes, and "under-the-table" money. Because of the secretive nature of bribes, such crimes are often difficult to detect and even more difficult to prove without the assistance of concerned citizens. As a result, we have set up a public corruption hotline for reporting tips at 1-888-722-1225.

Details regarding the various types of public corruption investigated by the FBI can be found online at the following address: http://jacksonville.fbi.gov/priorities.htm

One area of growing concern over the last year has been contract fraud associated with the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), otherwise known as “stimulus money.” The state of Florida is slated to receive $19.9 billion of stimulus money. Of that total, it is estimated that $9.4 billion in contracts have already been awarded, almost half of which will be spent within the territory of the FBI’s Jacksonville Division (North Florida, the Panhandle, and the Capital Region).

Citizens may report concerns via the following methods:

Via e-mail at: Jacksonville@ic.fbi.gov. Place “Public Corruption Tip” in the Subject line; or

FBI Jacksonville Public Corruption Tip Line: 1-888-722-1225.

In connection with this initiative, advertisements will also appear in selected local newspapers during the coming weeks.
Public corruption is the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority, and we rely heavily on public assistance in identifying potential wrongdoing by public officials, and any information—no matter how insignificant it may seem—is important.

SAC Casey encouraged citizen involvement: “The vast majority of elected and appointed officials render honest service. But we encourage the public to help us hold accountable those who use their positions for their own enrichment, and those contractors who misuse the taxpayers’ money.”

U.S. Attorney Marsh said, “Prosecution of public corruption is a top priority of this office. Those whom the public entrusts with authority must serve their constituents with integrity and honor. Greed and self-interest have no place in public service, and violations of the law will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted. We look forward to joining with federal law enforcement and members of the concerned public in bringing to justice those who seek to line their own pockets at the expense of the public trust.”


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  • by Joe Norman Location: Tallahassee, FL on Apr 12, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    How does a citizen get corruption in the courts investigated? I have depositions that show Defendant Attorneys represented to the courts facts that were opposite their client testimony and judges contradicted case law they personlly wrote, I tried to have a U.S. Attorney comply with 18 USC 3332 and my request was rejected. I have files on the subject but nobody wants to look at them--what do I do? Surely corruption in our courts should not be tolerated. josephn126@aol.com
  • by RJ Location: FL on Feb 11, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    These city,county,state and federal officials taking money and gifts under the table will be on the radar now. Its just a matter of time before some big names surface and the FBI makes some arrests in my opinion. Its just to rampant. The tango will be over for awhile anyways. Enough is enough. Thanks to the DOJ and FBI for making this a priority and hopefully restore public trust again one day. Unmask these officials and contractors stealing from the public.
  • by Stunned Location: Twlight Zone on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:35 PM
    I wonder if Cliff is thinking about that 'stimulus' money to build HIS Turtle Tunnel with, wow , people really had a long term effect on their livelihood and job security from that one. Talk about Public Corruption heres a fish they can haul in, and bet when they net him, he'll start talking about all those sweetheart deals he has made behind closed doors and all the constituents he turned his back on . All but the one that recorded him .
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 08:14 PM
    I sure hope Kathleen Harvey is giving the hotline an earful!!! Good-bye to the Good 'Ole Boys and their reign of terror and corruption!!! It's about time!!!
  • by airborne on Feb 9, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    Hey James. I've been following your comments on a lot of topics here and I think you're right on track. You make sense to me. You must not be "from these here parts boy." I'm not either and can't wait to get the ---- out of here, what I call "Hee Haw Hell." Do you ever feel like we're living the movie Deliverance?
  • by James on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:16 PM
    Start wi/ 3 offenses for the FBI to investigate: Rudy Maloy's false arrest from years ago by Willie Meggs During Maloy's election bid for state legislator no less. I think Meggs found $2.00 worth of misappropriated monies as a FELONY ! Charges DROPPED after election ! Second - Kathleen Harvey for being arrested w/o proper probable cause. No violation of intent of Oral Communications law. Third - Charlie Odom was charged by Willie Meggs, (SAO) and there was a total lack of evidence, yet Sheriff Campbell's son, the state attorney handling the case, plowed it straight on through. There was a mountain of supposed evidence on the table during the trial, but it came down to ONE bag with a pair of sweat pants, WITH NO DNA TO prove that it was Odom. No evidence, but Jack Campbell had a vendetta for some reason. They were trying to make the case DURING the trial since they could not before. That is pathetic to do to someone since we are supposed to be INNOCENT until proved guilty !!
  • by James on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    SHON: You got me man. I am worthless. No one should care about corruption. And I guess you are right, I should become a vigilante and take things into my own hands. You are quite the ridiculous one. Why are you so bent out of shape anyway? No citizen should be upset at me for what I have said. You really sound like Willie Meggs. If you are not Meggs, I apologize for even saying that. Why can't we just get along? You have a mean streak. I am not Captain America SHON. I am just a powerless citizen who should have a voice, but I know you disagree (for some strange reason, but I cannot conceive it yet - I am thinking though).
  • by Shon Location: Tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:04 PM
    I bet Ricky Bobby is squirming in his seat already. @James - since you are so up-to-date on the public corruption in the state, why don't you go ahead and list some specifics so the FBI can get started on their investigations. Better yet, why don't you just volunteer your time as a consultant and skip many of the formalities. Why don't YOU be the "bulldog" agent? Oh, and while you are at it, how about listing, in detail, the "subjective" standards that you feel are being used, so they can be more objectively tailored for use. So go ahead and get to work. Or, are you just another big-mouth blowhard with nothing better to do?
  • by tHEtRUTH Location: TALLY-HO on Feb 9, 2011 at 01:37 PM
    Yea, they need to do some house cleaning at TPD.. Those guys are dirt bags.. And dont forget about the scumbags at Florida DCF!
  • by alex Location: tampa on Feb 9, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    after all these years. boy when money gets tight they start clawing at each other. like a bunch wild mad cats. it is a bad week for law enforsement in florida. it seem the whole world is against them. i am tired of watching only the citizens go to prision.
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