FBI Agent Arrested, Accused Of Tipping Off Informant

An FBI agent in New York has been accused of tipping off an informant who was being investigated for drug trafficking.

A criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court charges 37-year-old William H. Shirk III with accessing information from a confidential FBI database without authorization. He has been released without bail and suspended without pay.

The complaint says Shirk defied orders when he allowed the informant to take him to a football game and later passed on the information. It also says he tried to recruit a potential target of a corruption investigation in Tucson, Ariz., where he had worked.

Messages left with his attorney were not immediately returned Wednesday.

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