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The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice have landed themselves in hot water over the destruction of a Ferrari F50. According to The Detroit News, the vehicle was reported stolen from a dealership in Rosemont, Pennsylvania in 2003, and the dealer made and insurance claim for the sum of $750,000 at that time. Michigan-based Motors Insurance Corp. shelled out the cash, and in August 2008, the FBI recovered the vehicle in Kentucky. At that time, the FBI stored the vehicle while waiting to prosecute the thief, at least until someone at the bureau decided to use it for a little local arbor work.

The Ferrari F50 lost control and struck a tree with an FBI special agent behind the wheel in May of 2009, and Motors Insurance Corp. subsequently filed a claim to both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice for the full $750,000. Both parties rejected the claim under the pretense that the Ferrari was being detained by the FBI at the time of the incident.

The insurance company then set about submitting Freedom of Information Act requests for documents pertaining to the storage, transportation and handling of the Italian exotic, most of which were denied under federal exemptions or outright ignored. The company did manage to get a hold of one email that said that U.S. Assistant Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson rode with Special Agent Frederick C. Kingston on the day of the accident and that the vehicle fishtailed and slid sideways shortly after leaving the FBI storage warehouse.

Motors Insurance Corp. is now suing both the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to release the rest of the documents pertaining to the vehicle.

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: CarPhotoGuru]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      For once I am on the side of the insurance company
      • 3 Years Ago
      Once the insurance company paid off the owner, the car had a salvaged title and was worth something less than full market value. Therefore, the government officials who crashed the car, not in the line of duty, are liable for the loss of a car with a salvaged title. Even the crashed car still had some residual value for parts, so that brings the total down even more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      750k? C'mon now... it's worth less. Everybody is a shady swashbuckler in this story.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Usually I feel Insurance companies can go jump off a cliff but they do have a case. The car was in custody and in storage so why was it brought out for what we can only surmise was a joy ride? While the dealership was paid out for the claim the car insurance company if it deems so can and should have rights to obtain ownership of the car. Worst thing is our tax paying dollars are going to be wasted on fighting the lawsuit so instead of simply paying out the $750k we are most likley looking at possibly a 2million dollars being wasted in lawyer/court costs alone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some "perks" are just not worth it! Men and their toys...when they have 'em they have
      no idea what to do with 'em!
      • 4 Years Ago
      seriously. why was one of these morons behind the wheel in the first place? anyone in their right mind knows, this thing should have been in an enclosed car carrier! please? throw the police chief in jail, as well as a big fine! corruption is everywhere! is there no respect for anyone or anything lately?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't that great. Wreck a Ferrari while "driving" it then cover it up with the cloak of government business.

      If that Special Agent and Asst U.S. Attorney were doing what I thing they were they should be fired and made to pay the claim.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just b/c you see it on nascar doesn't mean it works in IRL
        • 4 Years Ago
        its a supposed to be a Ferrari/Red neck joke...

        no F1 or Lemans reply's plz
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dude, you just wrecked your Ferrari... IT'S NOT MINE.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always thought the story of the F50 getting stolen on the test drive was an urban myth, but holy crap I guess it's true!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Continued proof the Federal Government could give a rats ass about Private Citizens or Private Business.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it was a total loss ?
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