Wichita attorney says he has spoken to FBI about investigation


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – KSN News has spoken with an attorney who tells us he has spoken with the FBI during its investigation in Wichita.

Stephen Joseph with the Joseph, Hollander & Craft Law firm says that last week, he spent several hours talking with federal investigators about their investigation in Wichita.

He serves as the general counsel for an area company. He said the president of that company is related to one of the alleged targets of the FBI investigation. He says his client is not a target of the investigation.

Joseph says he was contacted in connection to something that was seen at that company.

“That target that morning dropped off a brown pillow case or something like that into his office, and he was observed doing that and, so, they got a search warrant to search that office to get that pillow case full of, whatever. Well yes, money, and safety deposit box keys, and since I’m general council for the lessor, I received the receipt of what they got, and it was mostly just jewelry and some cash and things like that.”

Joseph did not name the person who he says is the target. He also told KSN that he is not representing any of the individuals that he believes are the targets of this investigation.

What goes into a wire tap?

KSN spoke with Randy Rathbun, the US attorney for Kansas from 1993 to 1996 about what kind of efforts go into a wire tap investigation.

Getting a wire tap on the federal level requires the approval of a judge. The investigator requesting the tap must provide evidence or probable cause that he or she believes they require the need for intercepting communications.

Before the judge approves, he or she has to know that all other reasonable resources have been used to try and gain evidence in any investigation.

Once the wire tap is activated, it can be a very long time before any charges are brought forth. It can be months even before a grand jury would start to look at evidence.

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