(HOUSTON, TX) – The FBI Houston Public
Corruption Task Force has created an email for the public to report suspicion
of public corruption directly to FBI special agents. The email is HoustonCorruption@fbi.gov.
Public corruption erodes public
confidence, undermines the strength of our democracy and is the top criminal
priority for the FBI.
Many of the FBI’s investigations start
with a tip from someone who encounters corruption. That information is critical
to our work and without the assistance of concerned citizens, public corruption
could be difficult to detect.
Anyone with information about public
corruption, no matter the dollar amount, should report it to directly to FBI
Houston special agents via HoustonCorruption@fbi.gov.
If you prefer to do so anonymously, you can call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI
Public corruption occurs when anyone
who works for the government – local, state, or federal -- conducts an official
act in exchange for money, goods, or services. It also includes public
employees who take something of value for their own personal gain. Public
corruption could include bribery, a kickback, or bid-rigging. It might even
mean that no action is taken – like not enforcing or imposing certain local
While most public officials – elected
and appointed – are honest in their work and committed to serving their fellow
citizens, a small percentage abuse their position and the public’s trust.
Because these types of criminal acts are
often done in secret, public corruption is not something that is often
apparent. With help from the public through the new tip email, HoustonCorruption@fbi.gov, and
the tip line, FBI Houston will continue to build on its efforts to root out