He says his government betrayed him. The same government he risked his life for working as an undercover agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
A decorated agent who infiltrated some of the most brutal and violent criminal enterprises, Jay Dobyns was addicted to the adrenaline rush. But his last undercover job was nearly his undoing.
After infiltrating the notorious Hells Angels, his identity was exposed putting not only him, but his wife and children at risk.
When he needed the government the most, he says it turned its back on him.
Dobyns says the ATF ignored his pleas for protection. His only hope? To turn whistleblower. His only ally? The press. While still in hiding, Dobyns first told his story to CNN in 2007.
He says the media played a big role in helping to push policy changes, but Dobyns and his family were still in danger.
His house was burned to the ground. His wife and kids barely escaped with their lives.
Incredibly, instead of investigating, he says the ATF tried to pin the arson on him.
So Dobyns hit the DOJ with a 22 million dollar lawsuit for breach of contract. "I love the ATF. I was willing to give my life for the bureau. I targeted a handful of corrupt individuals. The same individuals who ran the Fast and Furious program, losing track of more than a thousand U-S firearms in Mexico."
Dobyns says he filed suit to protect other agents from going through what he had to. He says it's not about the money, he just wants the truth to come out and for officials to be held accountable.
Jay Dobyns joined us on March 4 to share his story.
Since his visit, Dobyns was victorious in his case. A federal judge ordered the United States to pay their former ATF agent $173,000 in restitution. Dobyns and his lawyer were content with the judge’s decision. Was this the final conclusion? No. The government appealed the $173,000 awarded to Dobyns.
The case is currently ongoing and in its 7th year of dispute.
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