WasteOfTheDay: Some Federal Informants Minted as Millionaires

Tens of thousands of informants have helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration by giving inside information about crimes — collecting $531 million to do so in recent years. In some cases, informants have continued to commit crimes while collecting this money. 

The FBI paid informants $294 million between 2012 and 2018, and the DEA paid at least $237 million between 2011 and 2015, according to federal audits scoured by OpenTheBooks.com and published at Forbes.



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