Reminder: The Federal Bureau of Investigation Will Never Show Up and Demand Money
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Reminder: The Federal Bureau of Investigation Will Never Show Up and Demand Money

A man impersonating an officer robbed a Seattle money wiring business

February 3, 2017

A recent robbery in Seattle is prompting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to remind consumers that Bureau agents will never simply come to their doors and demand money.

A man wearing a suit and carrying a badge entered the office of money wiring service Red Sea Finance on January 25 and robbed it, leaving with nearly $130,000.

The man flashed his badge and said "FBI," so a store employee let him in, reports KOMONews. After he walked in, the impersonator said that he was investigating a "bad transaction" and would need to see all the store's daily transactions. He then brought out a piece of paper that said "Search Warrant," according to police.

The situation degenerated quickly: the man pulled out a handgun and ordered the employee to empty the safe. Police say that the robber left the service with $128,259.10 in cash, as well as the computer on which surveillance video images are stored.

The FBI and Seattle police are conducting a joint investigation of the incident.

Ayn Dietrich-Williams, spokeswoman for FBI Seattle, said that the Bureau is very concerned that someone is impersonating an agent.

"The FBI is concerned because of the element of possible impersonation of an FBI agent, it's a federal crime to impersonate a federal officer," she said. "The FBI will absolutely never demand money from somebody."

One of the store employee's friends showed up while the robbery was in progress. His friend told him to come back in 10 minutes, said the police report. The friend stayed outside and told police that he saw the robbery suspect leave, heading east.

Although police have been searching, they have so far been unable to find the alleged robber.

Another store employee told the police that a stranger knocked on the service's door on January 24 around the same time and asked if they cashed checks. The police report stated that the employee did not open the security door to the stranger.