Published On: Wed, Jan 11th, 2017

Man Claims FBI Paid Best Buy’s Geek Squad to Search His Computer for Child Porn


Man Claims FBI Paid Best Buy’s Geek Squad to Search His Computer for Child Porn

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Media Spokesperson, HealthMax Group

According to technicians with Best Buy’s Geek Squad in Kentucky, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) paid them to alert the agency to signs of child pornography on customer computers.

Allegedly the FBI asked the Geek Squad to recover lost data from client’s devices should they happen to find pornographic content including minors.

Mark Rettenmaier, a physician in Newport Beach, California, had the Geek Squad repair his computer. Child pornography was found on his computer and the doctor was arrested.

In his defense, Rettenmaier claims that FBI paid the Best Buy employee to turn over any illegal content they found. His attorney said in court that this evidence should be thrown out because “the FBI was paying a Best Buy Geek Squad employee for every child porn case he found on customers’ computers, essentially using him as an FBI source.”

Robin Harris, chief analyst for TechnoQWAN, LLC., pointed out that the “picture the tech found was on the drive’s unallocated space, i.e. space that the file system is able to use for new data, not capacity containing the files the customer wanted preserved. Accessing files in unallocated space requires going above and beyond the job the customer contracted for, as well as extra software to recover deleted data. A Federal appeals court has ruled that data in unallocated space is insufficient to prove that the user knew of its existence.”

James Riddet, Rettenmaier’s attorney said: “Their relationship is so cozy, and so extensive that it turns searches by Best Buy into government searches. If they’re going to set up that network between Best Buy supervisors and FBI agents, you run the risk that Best Buy is a branch of the FBI.”

Jeff Shelman, spokesman for Best Buy explained in a statement : “Best Buy and Geek Squad have no relationship with the FBI. From time to time, our repair agents discover material that may be child pornography and we have a legal and moral obligation to turn that material over to law enforcement. We are proud of our policy and share it with our customers before we begin any repair.”


Susanne Posel

Susanne Posel



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