FBI wants citizens to report government fraud

The FBI wants to help people who think there is public corruption and government fraud going on.

Gina Swankie, the FBI spokeswoman for the Lake Tahoe area who is based in Sacramento, said the alleged bribery involving South Lake Tahoe City Councilwoman Angela Swanson and former pot club owner Gino DiMatteo had nothing to do with issuing the press release.

“It’s more of an initiative because people don’t know where to report things they observe,” Swankie told Lake Tahoe News.

The Sacramento office includes 34 California counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.

Public corruption, according to the FBI, includes bribery, extortion, embezzlement, racketeering, kickbacks, and money laundering, as well as wire, mail, bank, and tax fraud.

Anyone with information about such activities is urged to call toll free — 855.466.7243. Callers are asked to leave their name, telephone number and a brief description of their concerns and observations. Agents will review voicemail daily and contact individuals as needed.

“While the vast majority of public officials remain committed to the communities they serve, an extremely small minority of individuals usurp their public positions for personal or private gain,” the FBI said in a press release. “The FBI remains dedicated, along with our law enforcement partners, to ensuring this behavior is fully investigated and if necessary, prosecuted under the law.”

— Lake Tahoe News staff report


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Comments (9)
  1. dumbfounded says - Posted: October 7, 2012

    Will I get a free brown shirt?

  2. K.A.E. says - Posted: October 7, 2012

    I’ve got one. How about an emploee (Director position) claiming they were hurt on the job for work comp benefits when they were actually hurt while falling down their stairs at home while drunk? Who should I report that to and not be reprimanded or called a whistleblower?

  3. K.A.E. says - Posted: October 7, 2012

    clarification. I know it has nothing to do with the article. Which is a good one but his is bugging me.

  4. Bob says - Posted: October 7, 2012

    How about the City Council and all involved from the recent LTN article relating to the hole in the ground.

  5. Billie Jo Mcafee says - Posted: October 7, 2012

    Why don’t they read our city’s Grand Jury reports and see how well the follow up has gone.

  6. Old Long Skiis says - Posted: October 7, 2012

    Government Fraud? Start with the possibilty of kickbacks some people recieved in the re-devolpment deal up at stateline? Emminent domain that benefits a private enterprise? How about leasing out public property to a private party when it was clearly against the state tax code? Or how about looking into city officials and agencies that are clearly pandering to the large corporate businesses that are out of city and state and these same city officials and agencies look into these people as they line their pockets with fines, fees and penalties or “donations”that they pry from folks in exchange for favors, be it big bussines or small. Oh and don’t forget the occasional”donation”, or shall I say bribe, to the person who writes the rules.
    Lottsa corruption in ths old town. Don’t see it changing anytime soon.
    Old Long Skiis

  7. HangsUpsFromWayBack says - Posted: October 7, 2012

    Lets get our city and lake going with progress, put people back to work,Look up The “T.R.P.A.” MISUSE OF FUNDS,FAVORS FOR THE SKI RESORTS,LARGE DEVELOPERS FOR THE CHOSEN FEW!

  8. sparrow says - Posted: October 19, 2012

    How about attorney’s who manipulate due process because he went into mortgage deal with my ex-husband during my dissolution process. Changing the names of the court reporters, lying about his involvement. This attorney actually there are several involved have done everything to keep the truth from coming out. This involved Wells Fargo and Jp morgan chase current legal proceedings. I need help I am tired of being retaliated against because of their corruption. I lost my house to foreclosure November 2010. When I research the home it shows that it wasn’t foreclosed on. My daughter and I were kicked out and apparently this attorney still receives money from my ex, despite the fact that he was my attorney of record……..Where is the justice in this county

  9. Phil A says - Posted: October 31, 2012

    I tried to report a guy making death threats to extort my property to Lake County Sheriff but after several years of the same, besides the same guy poisoned a bunch of my tree causing one to fall onto my home that was investigated only the Captain of the Sheriff’s Dept forgot to write a report while the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept forgot to investigate even today even after they caught the guy on 44 other felonies, turned out to be an El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff on duty at the time, yeah, and guess what, he even interfered with the college I was attending who committed and continues to commit hate crimes against me now, and guess what, we even legally recorded the guy: What happened? The FBI has done SQUAT!!!!