Monday, March 5, 2007
San Diego has seen its share of high profile corruption cases ranging from misconduct at city hall to the halls of congress.
Former San Diego congressman Randy Cunningham is serving time in prison for accepting $2.4 million in bribes. Now the local branch of the FBI wants citizens to know that they can share tips on public corruption confidentially. 877-NO-BRIBE is the phone number. Callers will be connected with an FBI agent or task force officer during normal business hours. Special Agent Darrell Foxworth says the public plays an integral part in identifying criminal misconduct and getting investigations started – they just have to know where to turn.
Darrell Foxworth, FBI Special Agent: Oftentimes, people know that if you have a fire, you call the fire department. If you have someone assault you or break into your place, you call the police or the sheriff. But when it comes to public corruption, they didn't know – “Who do I call?” And what we're saying is when it comes to that, call the FBI."
The San Diego FBI office says there have already been a number of credible calls since the hotline was launched last Tuesday.