HR Strange But True!
May 20, 2010
Would you be excited by the opportunity to work for the FBI? Recently, a man resigned from a managerial position to do just that. Trouble was, his job offer was a hoax.

A woman from Arlington, Virginia, represented herself as the director of the Bureau’s Forensic Division to the man. After having him fill out top-secret security clearances—which are required for anyone applying to work for the FBI, and which involve the disclosure of personal information and credit history—the woman allegedly ‘hired’ him as her administrative assistant.

The man resigned from his current job and began to ‘work for the FBI,’ and performing tasks such as editing condolence letters to families of CIA officers and transcribing interrogations purportedly conducted by his new boss. The woman allegedly took the new hire to gun shops and promised to buy him a handgun. She also told him that he’d be traveling with her to Germany and Iraq. She even provided him with an itinerary for the trip on paper with FBI and CIA headings, according to reports.

After the two of them had allegedly left for their trip, the man phoned his parents and informed them that he’d instead been staying at the woman’s apartment and a hotel, but that she’d told him that he’d be fired if he told anyone. Soon thereafter, the man’s family filed a complaint with the FBI. The woman was indicted for impersonating an employee of the FBI.


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