The Drug Enforcement Administration’s management of its confidential sources violated guidelines and exposed the agency to potential “fraud, waste, and abuse,” according to a report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.
In total, from fiscal year 2011 to 2015, the DEA shelled out over $9 million to at least 800 deactivated sources, the report found.
Doing so went against official policy with respect to its Confidential Source Program. Sources are typically “deactivated” when they have arrest warrants issued against them or have committed serious offenses.
In another instance of breaking policy, the DEA used a confidential source who had given false testimony under oath in the past. This source “was used by 13 DEA field offices” and was paid close to $500,000, according to the report.
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