FBI Uses Terror-Probe Tactics on Financial Fraud

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in New York are increasingly employing tools and techniques used to hunt terrorists to take aim at a different kind of criminal: white-collar con artists and inside traders.

At a time when the public has grown suspicious of Wall Street and lost confidence in the government’s ability to police it, investigators say they are expanding a number of methods, including the use of human sources, so-called tripwire programs, and internal intelligence reports, to try to get a better handle on crimes in the marketplace.

“We’re trying to apply the principles of the national-security side so we can prevent something from becoming a $50 billion fraud by catching it early on,” FBI Special Agent-in-Charge James Trainor said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

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