FBI’s nationwide manhunt to capture depression-era gangster John Dillinger after he broke out of jail cost them about 2 million dollars at the time. The total amount of money his gang looted was around 500,000 dollars.
The F.B.I. and C.I.A. recruit heavily from the Mormon population because they are usually cheaper to do a security clearance on, they often speak another language from their mission trips and they usually have a low risk lifestyle.
When the FBI went undercover to expose the McDonald’s Monopoly promotion scam that occurred between 1989-2001 they posed as a production company that interviewed supposed winners for TV commercials and named it Shamrock Productions with the byline “‘Cause you’re just lucky” printed on their van.
The first FBI female special agent killed in the line of duty was killed by other agents. She was fatally shot by other agents at the arrest scene who mistook her for an armed associate of the fugitive. There have also been allegations by an officer involved in the shooting of a coverup, intended to conceal an incompetent administration and needlessly dangerous arrest plan that contributed to her death.
A hacker, named Raphael Gray, posted stolen data of over 6.5k credit cards, claiming that the law enforcement was too incompetent to stop him. Gray’s arrogance annoyed ex-hacker Chris Davis so much that he found Gray’s information and informed the FBI about the crime, leading to Gray’s arrest.
The FBI has struggled to hire hackers because of the FBI hiring rule that the applicant must not have used marijuana during the last 3 years.
The FBI spent years investigating an anti-goth cult that didn’t even exist. Official investigation on ‘Church of the Hammer’ and their Yahoo group ‘GodHatesGoths’, continued for over 2 years before they realized the entire thing was completely fake and intended to be a joke.
In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office by writing a note that said “Please don’t lock this door tonight” and plastering it onto the front door. It worked and they stole several files.
The FBI has an entire fake town for training agents. Hogan’s Alley has a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barber shop, pool hall, shops, and homes. The town is populated by actors who roleplay parts like bystanders, terrorists, bank robbers, and drug dealers so scenarios always change.
In the 1950s the US Government investigated a person named Robert Dorr because he kept writing to Boeing and asking for pictures of their planes. They discovered Dorr was a just teenager who loved planes, an “average and loyal American boy.” He grew up to be a diplomat, author, and TV pundit.