It’s a still a mystery why the FBI raided Ducati’s offices, but some have speculated that there might be some financial misconduct going on at Ducati North America. Enough to result in a raid…Yes, an FBI raid on Ducati’s office near San Francisco. Reports say that on December 17, 2020, no less than 30 federal agents raided the North American headquarters of Ducati. They are reported to have entered the building with a search warrant and guns drawn. Only two or three employees were on-site at the time, with most of them working remotely due to COVID.
Despite happening almost a month ago, the first report of the raid surfaced on the Bay Area Riders Forum on Thursday, January 7, 2021. Another forum member confirmed the story, saying he was there when it happened. The following day that same member posted that he had just been fired.
Road Racing World picked up the story and investigated further. “I can confirm that FBI San Francisco was at that location on December 17, 2020, to conduct court-authorized law enforcement activity,” FBI spokesperson Katherine Zackel told them. “As of today’s date, no public records are available. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, I cannot comment further at this time.” Other publications who contacted the FBI about this received the same statement.
“It is Ducati North America’s practice to cooperate fully with inquiries from government agencies,” said Ducati Marketing Director Phil Read. “As part of that cooperation, Ducati North America does not comment on those inquiries.” As with the FBI statement, all inquiries to Ducati about the incident received the same response.