A federal agency investigates crimes brought to its attention to determine whether an offense happened and who is responsible. These federal law enforcement agencies investigate your alleged crime when there is reason to believe that your actions violated a federal law.
You should familiarize yourself with the operation of the federal criminal justice system and how to continue running your business if you suspect you are the subject of an FBI investigation for a white collar crime.
Run your business as usual
If you suspect you the FBI is investigating you, continue to make sure that your business is operating the way it should. Double-check for any errors in your business operations. Evaluate your personnel to check that they follow company protocol and their training is current. Review the processes of how things run day to day and adjust if needed.
Understand the pretrial stage
Every alleged federal violation needs to go through the federal criminal justice process. The agents will request a subpoena from a grand jury or a judge or magistrate will issue a search warrant as part of the investigation into white collar crimes. Agents must obtain documents from you and other parties involved and will use their subpoena power to do so.
The pretrial stage also consists of a grand jury that is responsible for investigating the alleged crime and determining whether an offense exists and who committed it. The grand jury collects evidence to make this determination. An indictment and arrest will follow, if appropriate.
Throughout the pretrial stage, always remember you have the rights to counsel and to remain silent.