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How to Respond when an OIG Agent Wants to Talk

Law enforcement covers many different areas of life in the United States. Officials may investigate many types of possible crimes. This includes violent crimes such as burglary and robbery. It also includes other crimes of a non-violent nature such as computer crimes, failure to file business records properly and embezzlement. Law enforcement officials frequent investigate crimes related to both private and public sector actions. They also investigate possible wrong doing by government officials. There’s a specific law enforcement agency that is charged with making sure that all government agencies function as intended. This agency is known as the Office of Inspector General or the OIG. Agents at this office are entrusted with making sure that all those who are working at government agencies are acting appropriately. They want to root out corruption and make sure that any public partnership with a private organization is done according to all state federal laws.

If You are Being Summoned

The mere possibility of having any conversation with someone from this agency can be scary. Agents from this agents are officially law enforcement officers. Talking to them is no different than talking to any other law enforcement officer. Like other LEOs, they carry a gun and have a badge. If one wants to talk to you, it’s wise to treat this conversation just like you would treat any other conversation with a police officer. If you see someone coming to speak to you, now is the time to think carefully about you can say. It’s also the time to decide if you want to speak to them at all. Any words you say should be carefully thought about before you begin.

Keep in mind that there are circumstances under which you might be required to talk to an OIG agent. An OIG agent may have the right to force your hand. There are certain circumstances in which failure to speak to them can actually get you fired from work. However, completing the paperwork for this process can be quite difficult. This is why many agents would rather show up and convince people to speak to them of their own free will. If you are required to speak to them or lose your job, keep in mind the agent must tell you this before they start any interview process. Listen closely to their words. Make sure they’ve given you such a warming and let you know the consequences you might face if you don’t agree. It’s important to know what rights you have before the conversation begins.

A request to speak with you can come from an agent. It can also come from someone else in your agency. A supervisor can help you decide if this is mandatory. They can also help you decide if the process of refusing to speak to the agent may put your job in jeopardy. The supervisor has the right to tell you about the request and the right to let that agent know about your decision directly.

Contact a Lawyer

An interview is generally an indication that an investigation has begun. This means that it’s also likely to continue to go on in the future until officials are satisfied that no crimes were committed. During this time, you may not be the only one facing the possibility of an interview by the OIG agent. Others may also be confronting this possibility. In that case, if you hear something going on, it might be to consult with a lawyer. The lawyer can help you determine your course of action. They can also help you understand what rights pertain to your case and what laws protect you from any possible job loss or even prosecution.

During the interview, it is to stick to the complete truth. It may be tempting to fudge certain things but that’s not a good idea. An agent may have evidence from others. If you mislead them, they will know that you are not telling the truth. Not telling the truth can lead to you possibly being fired from your job. You can also face possible fines and even the possibility of going to jail for misleading the OIG agent.

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