Early FBI Computers - II
May 23, 2008
Convictions and guilty pleas were achieved in a case where several companies were meeting to rig bids on California highway projects.
Mr. Schiff: Convictions and guilty pleas were achieved in a case where several companies were meeting to rig bids on California highway projects. This was in the late 1970s and this may surprise you, computers helped catch the fraudulent bidders...
Mr. Marshall: "The Justice Department asked the FBI to look into an investigation regarding an Anti-Trust violation."
Mr. Schiff: Hal Marshall, a retired FBI Special Agent...
Mr. Marshall: "What really happened was steel, foreign steel, was undercutting U.S. prices. Several of these companies, we were informed, got together and decided they would bid, under bid, actually under bid, foreign steel, and try to make money that way."
Mr. Schiff: Marshall says a large group of telephone records had to be checked...
Mr. Marshall: "Sent these thousands of phone bills to the brand new, relatively new computer section at FBI Headquarters. They then collated all of the records and we could look up on a certain day and see which people, which companies, called which other companies."
Mr. Schiff: The FBI and other agencies worked together investigating. I'm Neal Schiff of the Bureau and that's the FBI's Closed Case of the Week."
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