On July 14th, the New York Times reported that the FBI is investigating allegations that reporters for the now-closed News of the World news weekly offered to pay a former New York policeman for the phone records of September 11 victims. FBI Investigation. On July 13th, Senators Barbara Boxer, Jay Rockefeller and Frank Lautenberg asked the SEC and the Department of Justice to investigate whether U.S.-listed News Corp., the owner of the News of the World, violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when News of the World reporters allegedly paid British police officers for the personal cell phone numbers of U.K. citizens. Boxer and Rockefeller Press Release; Lautenberg Press Release.