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IG: FBI Attorney Stole $257.99 of Cosmetics, Habitually Shoplifted for 2 Years – But, Wasn’t Prosecuted

By Craig Bannister | May 16, 2019 | 12:06pm EDT
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A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) attorney habitually shoplifted, admitted to the crimes, but was never prosecuted, a Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General’s report published Monday finds.

According to the report, the FBI attorney was arrested early last year for shoplifting $257.99 of cosmetics, which she hid in her purse, from the MCB Quantico Exchange:

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) initiated an investigation of a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) attorney based on information that the attorney was arrested in February 2018 for shoplifting at the United States Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico Exchange.

“The OIG substantiated and the FBI attorney admitted to placing numerous cosmetic items, valued at $257.99 and belonging to the MCB Quantico Exchange, into her purse without the intention to pay for them and did not pay for them before leaving the store.”

The female FBI lawyer also confessed that she had continued shoplifting at Quantico and other retail outlets over the next two years, the OIG report states:

“The FBI attorney further admitted that between February 2016 and her arrest in February 2018 she had shoplifted at the MCB Quantico Exchange one to two additional times, and at other private retailers in the area on two to three occasions.”

Nonetheless, “all charges were dismissed,” the report reveals:

“The OIG concluded that the FBI attorney had violated federal criminal law and FBI policy regarding unprofessional conduct. Criminal prosecution was deferred pending the FBI attorney’s completion of 125 hours of community service, after which all charges were dismissed.

“The OIG has completed its investigation and has provided its report to the FBI and the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility for action they deem appropriate.

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“Unless otherwise noted, the OIG applies the preponderance of the evidence standard in determining whether DOJ personnel have committed misconduct. Posted to oig.justice.gov on May 14, 2019”

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