Jared Fogle’s wire recording was planted by a woman who was a whistleblower for the FBI. The recording allegedly provided vital information to investigators leading to raid of the Subway pitchman’s home, according to FOX News.
Fogle, 37, made a number of inappropriate remarks that spurred the unidentified woman to contact the FBI. Jared was a target of a probe that followed a raid to his home, leading investigators to his computer equipment.
“The subject matter is similar to what the FBI found when they raided his home - it goes deeper than that - that’s exactly what started this,” the woman said. “When I presented it to the FBI the first thing that they said to me is, ‘Is this who I think this is?’ and I said, ‘Yes it is,’ and it just went full gear after that.”
Jared Fogle’s wire was worn by the Florida acquaintance when the two met up during his visits to events such as the America Heart Association walk. The two have known each other for approximately 10 years.
“It was obvious to me that he found himself to be very comfortable with me,” the woman said. “He said something to me when we were off camera and that really stuck with me because I thought to myself, did he really just say that to me?”
Fogle has not been arrested or charged with any crimes in the fallout of his home being raided on Tuesday. Jared was wiretapped on several occasions, according to the unidentified woman.
“They weren’t jokes. They were very serious,” she said. Subway announced that it would suspend its relationship with its spokesperson, who has been the face of the sandwich chain for 15 years.
Jared was a target after the FBI arrested his former director of a charitable foundation on child pornography charges. Fogle never revealed any details regarding the investigation, which was two months ago.
The Subway pitchman’s attorney, Ron Elberger, claims “the story is a fabrication that lacks credibility.” This comes after the woman said he made inappropriate comments to her about middle school girls.
Fogle was also removed from Syfy’s Sharknado 3 amid the scandal. Jared had appeared in the previous film, Sharknado 2: The Second One.
On Tuesday, officers and agents led by Indiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force raided the home where he lives with his wife and two young children. They confiscated computers, media storage devices, DVDs and documents.
Jared Fogle’s wire recordings have been kept secret while the investigation continues. Neighbors say the former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle hasn’t been seen since the raid.