In late February, Auto123.com reported a wacky story
about the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice being sued by Motors Insurance for $750,000. Several weeks later, the DoJ is finally reacting to the lawsuit, saying ''it’s not liable for certain goods when they’re in the hands of law enforcement''.
Expect even wackier twists when a judge hears the case on June 13.
Let's recap: a Ferrari F50 was stolen in 2003 from a dealer in Rosemont, Pa. The FBI discovered the rare Italian five years later and kept it in Lexington, Ky., as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. However, in the meantime, Motors Insurance had taken ownership of the car after it paid the dealer for the theft.
In 2009, FBI agent Frederick C. Kingston was to move the F50 from a garage along with Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson. The latter wrote in an e-mail to the insurer that they got into an accident, which led to a lawsuit against the FBI and DoJ. Motors Insurance was denied twice until a federal judge agreed to hear the case.
The government also refused to provide records about the crash after the company's requests through the Freedom of Information Act.
Source : Washington Post