FIB Federal Code Violations Investigations
Reasonable suspicion of federal code violation. Judge must approve undercover investigation.
Allowed Surveillance BEFORE Investigation:
1. Access to all government databases (DMV, police records, civil registry);
2. Recruit criminal informants.
Allowed Surveillance DURING Investigation:
1. Infiltrate suspected organization under investigation;
2. Offer witness protection.
Allowed DURING Investigation Requiring Separate Warrants:
1. Break and enter real estate owned by the organization under investigation, or one of its members, per one address;
2. Requesting meta-data of cell phone records from suspect his/her telephone operator(s);
3. Requesting banking details from suspect his/her bank(s);
4. Participate in an illegal activity in accordance with the FIB Policy on "Participation in otherwise illegal activity by Undercover Employees" found below.
Money and assets (real estate and vehicles) that are proven to have been financed with ill-gotten gains can be seized from the accused after having been found guilty. Assets will be frozen once the suspect is charged with the alledged crimes, and released back to them if not found guilty.
1. Seizure of money and assets;
2. 720 months in jail and/or $1,000,000 in fines;
3. Fired / demoted from office.
New life rule for organizations. All roleplay scenarios surrounding the investigation end.
FIB Policy on "Participation in otherwise illegal activity by Undercover Employees"
Except when authorized pursuant to these Guidelines, no undercover employee shall engage in any activity that would constitute a violation of Federal, state, or local law if engaged in by a private person acting without authorization. For purposes of these Guidelines, such activity is referred to as otherwise is referred to as otherwise illegal activity.
No official shall recommend or approve participation by an undercover employee in otherwise illegal activity unless the participation is justified:
1.1 to obtain information or evidence necessary for the success of the investigation and not reasonably available without participation in the otherwise illegal activity;
1.2 to establish or maintain credibility of a cover identity;
1.3 to prevent death or serious bodily injury.
2.1 The FIB shall take reasonable steps to minimize the participation of an undercover employee in any otherwise illegal activity.
3.1 participate in any act of violence except in self-defense;
3.2 initiate or instigate any plan to commit criminal acts except in accordance with Section 5 below; or
3.3 participate in conduct which would constitute unlawful investigative techniques (e.g., illegal wiretapping, illegal mail openings, breaking and entering, or trespass amounting to an illegal search).
4.1 Nothing in these Guidelines prohibits an undercover employee from taking reasonable measures of self-defense in an emergency to protect his or her own life or the lives of others against wrongful force. Such measures shall be reported to the FIBHQ, who shall inform the Judge as soon as possible
5.1 The Judge must approve all undercover operations and activities, including those which contemplate participation in otherwise illegal activity.
This approval shall constitute authorization of:
5.1.1 otherwise illegal activity which is a misdemeanor or similar minor crime under Federal, state, or local law;
5.1.2 consensual monitoring, even if a crime under local law;
5.1.3 the purchase of stolen or contraband goods;
5.1.4 the delivery or sale of stolen property which cannot be traced to the rightful owner;
5.1.5 the controlled delivery of drugs which will not enter commerce;
5.1.6 the payment of bribes which is not included in the sensitive circumstances;
5.1.7 the making of false representations to third parties in concealment of personal identity or the true ownership of a proprietary (but not any statement under oath or the penalties of perjury, which must be authorized pursuant to subparagraph (b) below);
5.1.8 conducting no more than five money laundering transactions, not to exceed a maximum aggregate amount of $1 million.
5.2 Participation in otherwise illegal activity which is a felony or its equivalent under Federal, state, or local law and which is not otherwise excepted under the guidelines above, requires additional authorization by the (Deputy) Director of the FIB after review by the Judge.
5.3 Participation in otherwise illegal activity which involves a significant risk of violence or physical injury requires authorization by the Director, Deputy Director, or designated Executive Assistant Director after review by the Judge.
5.4 If an undercover employee believes it to be necessary and appropriate under the standards set out above, to participate in otherwise illegal activity that was not foreseen or anticipated, every effort should be made to consult with the Assistant Director, who shall seek emergency interim authority from the Judge, who will review it if possible, or, if necessary, may provide emergency authorization. If consultation is impossible, and the undercover employee concludes that there is an immediate and grave threat to life, physical safety, or property, the undercover emplyee may participate in the otherwise illegal activity, so long as he does not take part in and makes every effort to prevent any act of violence. A report to the Assistant Director shall be made as soon as possible, who shall submit a written report to FIBHQ, which shall promptly inform the Judge. A decision by an undercover employee to participate in otherwise illegal activity under this subsection may be retroactively authorized if appropriate.
5.5 If an undercover operation results in violence in the course of criminal activity, and an undercover employee, informant, or cooperating witness has participated in any manner in the criminal activity, the agent shall immediately inform FIBHQ, which shall inform the Judge as soon as possible.