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There is no fixed rule for how the amount paid to an informant is determined. Much depends on the quality of the information provided, the law enforcement agency, its budget, sophistication, and geographic location. Thanks in part to press reports, leaked information, and federal statutes governing rewards, we know that informants are paid handsomely for their efforts. Some FBI informants are paid $100,000 or more per year. Many earn millions of dollars during their relationship with the government.
Informants are eligible for a percent of the value of property forfeited by the government. The amount awarded is left to the discretion of the government. The discretionary nature of the rewards has been the subject of numerous lawsuits brought by informants who felt they were cheated by the government.
Informants also participate in protracted undercover sting operations whose primary objective is to seize money. They are paid from the proceeds of the operation, often based on a percent of the net amount realized by the law enforcement agency. Here again, there have been cases where informants claim they were not paid the amount they were promised. The amounts in controversy have been in the millions of dollars.
There is no prohibition against an informant and his attorney from entering into negotiations with a law enforcement agency regarding terms of compensation. Dennis G. Fitzgerald is available to assist in the negotiations.
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