"Telecommunications carriers cut off covert surveillance lines established by the FBI because the bureau failed to pay its bills in time, a Justice Department review found Thursday. An audit by the Justice Department's inspector general found hundreds of invoices went delinquent in five of the bureau's 56 field offices, threatening the integrity of covert investigations and resulting in an undisclosed amount of lost evidence. In one office, unpaid costs for wiretaps from one phone company totaled $66,000."
"Poor supervision of the program allowed one agent to steal $25,000"
"Investigators also examined the personnel files of employees in 35 field divisions and found that "nearly half" of those employees who had access to the funds used to support covert investigations had "indications of personal financial problems, such as late loan payments and bankruptcies."