Will the FBI be involved in polygraph testing potential winners of the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, as event organizer Big Jim Redcloud has claimed?
“Not gonna happen,” laughed Dave Joly, the FBI Media Coordinator in the Denver office, when questioned today about the possibility.
In an interview by KBBI Radio News Director Aaron Selbig, aired on July 1, Redcloud discussed polygraph testing potential winners. He stated, “They have to do the polygraph first. Whatever town that guy’s from, or that woman, whoever it is, their district will have an FBI . . . uh . . . thing, and we’ll . . . we’ll go through them in their home town.”
On the other hand, Joly said, the FBI could indeed get involved if there is evidence that the Hoka Hey was a multi-state fraud involving significant amounts of money.
Joly did point out that a former FBI agent, or a company employing former FBI agents, could be hired to administer polygraph tests. “That’s very possible,” he said.
But, Joly stressed, “The FBI is not going to get involved in something if there is not an active crime.” Signing up for or participating in a motorcycle race is not a crime, he pointed out.
However, because the Hoka Hey race crossed many state lines and passed through multiple jurisdictions, and because the more than $500,000 involved is a large sum, a fraud case would definitely be within the bureau’s purview.
Many people have charged all along that the Hoka Hey was a scam and that the winner will never see the prize money, if a winner is ever announced at all.
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