Monday, January 14, 2008

Bookkeeping 'errors' make mockery of FBI's fight against criminals

It's a good thing Eliot Ness didn't have this problem.

According to a summary of an 87-page audit of FBI finances by the Justice Department's inspector general, the FBI has had wiretaps repeatedly cut off by telecommunications companies for failing to pay its phone bills.

More than half of the nearly 1,000 FBI telephone bills reviewed by Inspector General Glenn Fine were not paid on time. That included one bill for $66,000 at a field office. Neither the locations nor the specific cases involved in the wire taps were made public because the information was deemed "too sensitive," according to Mr. Fine.

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