FBI agents in New York City are investigating whether a registered agent for the bureau’s National Counterintelligence Center (NCIC) violated federal law by improperly registering himself as a foreign agent, according to court documents.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that agents in the New York field office are investigating possible registration violations at the bureau.
They declined to comment on whether the investigation is ongoing.
According to a court document, agents filed a civil complaint in March with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
The complaint claims that the agent registered as a Foreign Agent of the United Arab Emirates, a registered foreign agent in the United Kingdom, a foreign official of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a registered non-profit organization, and a registered political party in the Netherlands.
It adds that agents failed to disclose their registration status as a registered registered foreign official.
It is unclear what penalties agents face in the case.
The suit is seeking unspecified damages and attorneys fees.
A law enforcement source told CNN on Friday that the complaint is “likely related to the handling of a criminal investigation by the FBI,” and that the investigation may lead to civil or criminal charges.
A U.S. Attorney’s office spokesperson declined to discuss the case on Friday.
The bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case and the FBI declined to provide comment on Friday afternoon.