A. Initiation of an Investigation

There are many ways that a federal investigation may be commenced.  Typically, such investigations commence when a crime is reported.  If a bank is robbed, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will usually learn about it immediately.  A report of a crime is made, an agent is assigned to investigate such report and, if it appears that the report is accurate, and policy considerations so dictate, a federal investigation commences.  However, and as might be imagined, federal investigations are not always commenced after a crime is known to have occurred.  Sometimes investigations are commenced based upon intelligence gained from police informants, tips from anonymous sources and/or by suspicious circumstances giving rise to federal inquiry.

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