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What can happen if you give false information to an investigator?

It is likely that at some point in your federal government career you may be called upon to provide testimony in the course of an investigation.  The subject may involve you or someone else.  The investigator may be an agency employee or from the office of inspector general.  Most investigations are of an administrative nature: that means that the worst that can happen is someone can lose their job. However, a recent case reminds us that criminal penalties can arise if you are not truthful.

A former employee of the Army Corps of Engineers was quesitoned about whether she placed a picture of a confederate flag on the desk of an African American co-worker and responded twice that she had not done so.  The investiator, an inspector, concluded that she had not been truthful and the agency has indicted her in federal court claiming she made false statement to the federal protective service.

It is imperative that you retain counsel if asked to participate in any type of investigation.  We regularly defend clients who are required to participate in investigations.  Call us to make sure your rights are protected.

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