Dianne Shaffer
Special Agent
Pittsburgh Field Office

I have worked for 18 years as a special agent specializing in white-collar crimes, including health care fraud and securities fraud.

Describe your most memorable case or investigative success.

My most memorable case was a civil rights investigation of a police officer who was alleged to be assaulting women while in uniform and while using his official position as a police officer. The investigation required interviews of victims who were often fearful to speak with law enforcement based on their experiences with this officer. It was a privilege, as a special agent and a woman, to help these victims through the process of reporting their assaults and to help start the process of rebuilding their trust in law enforcement. With their bravery and the hard work of the multi-agency investigative team, including the officer’s agency, this former police officer was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for deprivation of civil rights under color of law and other crimes.

Share the thing you’re most proud of from your FBI career.

I recently worked on a health care case in which we recovered more than $60 million in assets for victims and secured significant prison sentences for the primary defendants. This outcome represented the largest criminal recovery in the history of our judicial district. But beyond the case result, it was amazing to see that the majority of my law enforcement and insurance industry counterparts in the case were also women. At the start of my career 18 years ago, that would not have been the case. It is exciting to see how women have really begun to consider law enforcement as a viable career choice.

Celebration of 50 years of female special agents in the FBI. Dianne Shaffer from the Pittsburgh Field Office