OIG Interviews: They Can Lie to You
Debra Roth, Partner, Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., wrote the article, "OIG Interviews: They Can Lie to You" for the December edition of Federal Times. Her article also appears on the Federal Times website under the "Ask the Lawyer" blog.
Read an excerpt of the article below:
While you are legally bound to speak truthfully when you talk to the OIG, they are not when they talk to you. Often, OIG agents will lie to you in the interview regardless of whether you are the subject or a witness. Most often, the lie involves describing what another person supposedly told them. It goes like this: “I know you’re telling me that ABC happened, but we spoke with Mary and she says it was XYZ. So one of you is lying.” Most federal workers could not imagine that the OIG would lie to them about some piece of evidence they’ve collected, so the instinct is to accept what the OIG is telling you.