Press Releases https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml DHS OIG Press Releases en Fraud Alert: Law Enforcement Telephone Numbers Used in Two-Part Scam to Extort Money from Victims https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2019/05202019/fraud-alert-law-enforcement-telephone-numbers-used-two-part-scam-extort-money-victims <span>Fraud Alert: Law Enforcement Telephone Numbers Used in Two-Part Scam to Extort Money from Victims</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs 202-981-6000</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/20/2019 - 14:32</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2019-05-20T12:00:00Z">Monday, May 20, 2019</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5703/download?token=l7JiA6HS" type="application/pdf; length=91965">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(89.81 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of recent reports that publicly available law enforcement telephone numbers, including those of DHS OIG Field Offices, are being used in a two-part spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country.</p> <p>Part 1: The perpetrator befriends a victim using a mobile app that has a built-in chat feature, such as Facebook Messenger or Words with Friends. Alternatively, the perpetrator feigns romantic interest and pursues the victim through online dating services or chat rooms. After gaining the victim’s trust through the online relationship, the perpetrator describes a minor hardship and persuades the victim to send them a small amount of money.</p> <p>Part 2: The next day, the victim receives a phone call from a fraudster claiming to be an employee of DHS or another law enforcement organization. The fraudsters will spoof the caller ID of a legitimate law enforcement phone number. The fraudster tells the victim that the funds they provided the day before went to a criminal organization or terrorist group, such the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Al-Qaeda, and threatens them with arrest and imprisonment. They then direct the victim to contact a “lawyer” who can help them resolve the matter. The victim contacts the “lawyer” via email or phone and is instructed to pay them $1,000 or more via check, wire transfer, or other methods as a “retainer.”</p> <p>DHS OIG takes this matter very seriously. While we investigate the situation, we remind the public that law enforcement and other U.S. Government numbers may be subject to spoofing. Individuals receiving phone calls from these numbers should not provide any personal information.  Legitimate law enforcement callers will never ask you to pay fines over the phone or request money from you. If there is a question about the validity of a call, we encourage the public to call the relevant field office number of the government agency and ask to be put in touch with the individual who called you.</p> <p>Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this scam is urged to call the DHS OIG Hotline (1-800-323-8603) or file a complaint online via the DHS OIG website <a href="http://www.oig.dhs.gov">www.oig.dhs.gov</a>. By asking the perpetrators for a phone number or email address you can use to contact them to facilitate payment, you may be able to obtain valuable information that could assist DHS OIG investigate the scam. </p> <p>You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint and/or report identity theft.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">MGMT</a></div> </div> Mon, 20 May 2019 18:32:20 +0000 alan.smith 5361 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Siskiyou County Man Charged with Major Fraud Against the United States for Taking FEMA Grant Funds https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2019/05152019/siskiyou-county-man-charged-major-fraud-against-united-states-taking-fema-grant-funds <span>Siskiyou County Man Charged with Major Fraud Against the United States for Taking FEMA Grant Funds</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>DOJ</p> <div class="field__label">Press Release Number: </div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item even">2:19-cr-084-KJM</div> </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:10</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2019-05-15T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, May 15, 2019</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5699/download?token=fDi-VyDs" type="application/pdf; length=152558">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(148.98 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>Grant Administrator Misused over $500,000 Intended for Recruiting and Training New Firefighters</p> <p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Samuel Thomas Lanier, 40, of Dunsmuir, was charged today with seven counts of major fraud against the United States, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.</p> <p>According to court documents, from approximately June 2013 to March 2018, Lanier engaged in a scheme to defraud the United States by submitting, or causing to be submitted, false reimbursement requests to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in connection with federal grants awarded to Siskiyou and Shasta County Fire Chiefs Associations to assist them in recruiting and training new firefighters.</p> <p>In June 2013 and June 2014, respectively, the Siskiyou and Shasta County Fire Chiefs Associations were awarded grants as part of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. Each grant was over $1 million. The purpose of these grants was to assure that communities have adequate protection from fire-related hazards, and to help the recipients attain and maintain 24-hour staffing.</p> <p>Lanier, as an owner or executive of two companies located in Dunsmuir, was hired by the Fire Chiefs Associations to administer these grants. In this capacity, Lanier knowingly submitted to FEMA false and fraudulent reimbursement requests, seeking and obtaining reimbursement for goods and services that were not, in fact, actually obtained on behalf of the fire associations. In so doing, Lanier caused a gross loss to the United States of over $500,000.</p> <p>This case is the product of an investigation by the Major Frauds &amp; Corruption Unit of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Schuller Hitchcock is prosecuting the case.</p> <p>“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) in partnership with the Department of Justice is committed to identifying and investigating fraud schemes and corrupt activities that pose significant risk and major financial impact to DHS and its components, including FEMA. This fraud scheme siphoned vital funds from a federal program that supports local fire departments to serve their communities,” said James E. Long, Special Agent in Charge, Major Frauds and Corruption Unit, DHS OIG. “Fraud perpetrated against FEMA is detrimental to our nation’s infrastructure and safety, especially from programs that support front line firefighters and first responders.”</p> <p>Lanier has agreed to plead guilty to the charges. He faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/siskiyou-county-man-charged-major-fraud-against-united-states-taking-fema-grant-funds" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/siskiyou-county-man-charged-major-fraud-against-united-states-taking-fema-grant-funds</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> Fri, 17 May 2019 15:10:15 +0000 alan.smith 5360 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam to Obtain Personally Identifiable Information and Extort Money from Victims https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2019/03012019/fraud-alert-dhs-telephone-numbers-used-scam-obtain-personally-identifiable-information-and-extort-money-victims <span>Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam to Obtain Personally Identifiable Information and Extort Money from Victims</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 981-6000</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/01/2019 - 11:18</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2019-03-01T12:00:00Z">Friday, March 1, 2019</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5567/download?token=bGu6kmPs" type="application/pdf; length=77400">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(75.59 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam targeting individuals throughout the country. Spoofing is the deliberate falsifying of information transmitted to a caller ID display to disguise an identity.</p> <p>The perpetrators of the scam represent themselves as employees with “U.S. Immigration” or other government entities. They alter caller ID systems to make it appear that the call is coming from the DHS HQ Operator number (202-282-8000) or the DHS Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) number (202-401-1474). The scammers obtain or verify personally identifiable information from their victims through various tactics, including by telling individuals that they are the victims of identity theft. The scammers also pose as law enforcement or immigration officials and threaten victims with arrest unless they make payments to the scammers using a variety of methods. The scammers have also emailed victims from email addresses ending in “uscis.org.” Many of the scammers reportedly have pronounced accents.</p> <p>DHS OIG takes this matter very seriously. While we investigate the situation, we would like to remind the public that DHS never uses its HQ Operator or CRCL number to make outgoing calls of this nature. Individuals receiving phone calls from these numbers should not provide any personal information. It continues to be perfectly safe to place calls to the DHS HQ Operator and CRCL numbers and DHS officials may continue to be contacted by dialing the DHS HQ Operator number.</p> <p>Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this telephone spoofing scam is urged to call the DHS OIG Hotline (1-800-323-8603) or file a complaint online via the DHS OIG website <a href="http://www.oig.dhs.gov">www.oig.dhs.gov</a>. You may also contact the Federal Trade Commission to file a complaint and/or report identity theft</p> <p>###</p> <p>For more information visit our website, <a href="http://www.oig.dhs.gov">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 16:18:46 +0000 alan.smith 5184 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $5.3 Million Proposed Settlement Of Lawsuit Against New York City For Fraudulently Obtaining FEMA Funds Following Superstorm Sandy https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2019/02202019/manhattan-us-attorney-announces-53-million-proposed-settlement-lawsuit-against-new-york-city-fraudulently-obtaining <span>Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $5.3 Million Proposed Settlement Of Lawsuit Against New York City For Fraudulently Obtaining FEMA Funds Following Superstorm Sandy</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Civil Frauds Unit: Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Jean Hu</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:21</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2019-02-20T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, February 20, 2019</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5554/download?token=kTVul5Ul" type="application/pdf; length=173175">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(169.12 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mark Tasky, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Regional Office of the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (“DHS-OIG”), and Margaret Garnett, Commissioner, New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”), announced today that the United States filed a civil fraud lawsuit today against the CITY OF NEW YORK (the “City”) alleging that the NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (“NYCDOT”) fraudulently obtained millions of dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) by falsely claiming that numerous NYCDOT vehicles were damaged during Superstorm Sandy (“Sandy”).  The United States also submitted a proposed settlement of the lawsuit to the U.S. District Court for review and approval.  Under the proposed settlement, the City agreed to pay and revert to the United States a total of $5,303,624 and admitted to conduct alleged in the Government’s complaint, including seeking reimbursement from FEMA for vehicles that were not damaged by Sandy.</p> <p>Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “FEMA serves a critical role in providing emergency relief to those who are tragically struck by disaster.  When people lie to FEMA about the cause of property damage in order to reap a windfall, it compromises FEMA’s ability to provide financial assistance to legitimate disaster victims in desperate need.  This Office will take decisive enforcement action to protect FEMA and its vital programs from fraud, waste, and abuse.”</p> <p>DHS-OIG Special Agent in Charge Mark Tasky said:  “Taking advantage of Federal funds intended for disaster relief misappropriates taxpayer dollars, reduces funds available to true victims, and erodes public confidence in relief efforts. Through DHS OIG’s criminal and civil investigative oversight function of DHS programs, and working closely with our partners in the New York City’s Department of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, we ensured that over $5.3 million in disaster relief funds were repaid to the United States, and ultimately the U.S. taxpayer. With so many New York residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy, it is critical to ensure every dollar of appropriated relief funds are properly used and accounted for.”</p> <p>DOI Commissioner Margaret Garnett said:  “Today’s settlement is the successful outcome of a joint investigation with our federal partners, which uncovered falsified submissions by the City to the federal government that allowed the City to wrongly obtain millions of dollars in federal emergency funds.  Our investigation found that a lack of vigilant management and inadequate training of City personnel at the City Department of Transportation led to this wrongdoing in connection with a federal public assistance program.  As New York City’s independent watchdog, DOI is grateful for our effective partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the New York Regional Office of the United States Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General on this investigation.”</p> <p>According to the Government’s Complaint, the City participated in FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which allows municipalities to obtain indemnification funds from FEMA to repair or replace property damaged by natural disasters, such as Sandy.  As part of the program, the City was required to certify that the property damage was incurred as a direct result of the disaster.  The City was also required to provide training to employees on program rules and requirements, including the importance of ensuring that costs for which indemnification is sought are directly attributable to a disaster.</p> <p>Following Sandy, the NYCDOT created a list of vehicles within the agency’s fleet that had been damaged by the storm and submitted it to FEMA for indemnification pursuant to the Public Assistance program.  The NYCDOT personnel responsible for generating the list of damaged vehicles, to whom the City provided no training on the Public Assistance program, made no effort to inspect the vehicles or otherwise determine whether any reported damage was attributable to Sandy.  In fact, a number of the vehicles included on this list were inoperable long before Sandy.</p> <p>In 2014, based on this faulty list, the City submitted a request for indemnification to FEMA seeking to recover the full cost of replacing 132 NYCDOT vehicles.  The City submitted a certification to FEMA as part of the program and a request for indemnification that falsely attested that all costs were incurred as a direct result of Sandy.  Many of the vehicles for which the City sought full replacement costs had been nonoperational or not in use prior to the storm.  As a result of these false certifications, FEMA paid the City millions of dollars to which it was not entitled.</p> <p>As part of the proposed settlement, the City will pay the United States a total of $5,303,624.  Specifically, the City will make a cash payment of $4,126,227.34 and relinquish rights to an additional $1,177,396.66 that FEMA had previously approved for disbursement.  During this Office’s investigation, the City withdrew another $3,196,376 in indemnity requests, acknowledging that the costs were ineligible for reimbursement.</p> <p>In connection with the proposed settlement, the City also admitted conduct alleged in the Complaint, including:</p> <p>- The Deputy Commissioner from NYCDOT who signed the certification lacked personal knowledge about the vehicles sufficient to make a certification about how and when they were damaged and did not personally undertake or direct others to undertake any investigation of the vehicles prior to signing the certification.<br />  <br /> - The list of vehicles for which the City was seeking reimbursement included a number of vehicles that were not damaged as a direct result of Sandy to a state beyond repair.  A number of the vehicles that the City included had not been operational prior to Sandy.<br />  <br /> - Prior to making the submission and certification to FEMA, neither the City nor NYCDOT undertook a sufficient review to ascertain whether all of the vehicles listed had been operational and in use prior to Sandy; or whether the amounts presented to FEMA for reimbursement accurately represented the losses the City incurred from Sandy.<br />  <br /> - In June 2014, a NYCDOT employee notified the Deputy Commissioner that certain of the vehicles for which the City had sought reimbursement from FEMA were not eligible. Yet, it was not until after it became aware of this Office’s investigation that the City took steps to notify FEMA.</p> <p>The proposed settlement must be approved by the District Court.</p> <p>Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of DHS-OIG and DOI.  This case is being handled by the Office’s Civil Frauds Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Jean Hu is in charge of the case.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/manhattan-us-attorney-announces-53-million-proposed-settlement-lawsuit-against-new-york" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/manhattan-us-attorney-announces-53-million-proposed-settlement-lawsuit-against-new-york</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 14:21:27 +0000 alan.smith 5172 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Clay County Woman Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2019/02132019/clay-county-woman-pleads-guilty-fema-fraud <span>Clay County Woman Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Assistant United States Attorneys Stefan Hasselblad and Meredith George Thomas</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:35</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2019-02-13T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, February 13, 2019</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5559/download?token=HMS1DaiQ" type="application/pdf; length=153338">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(149.74 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>CHARLESTON, W.Va. –  A Clay County woman pled guilty yesterday to embezzling over $18,000 in federal FEMA disaster benefits.  The case was investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) and the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations.</p> <p>Pamela Taylor, 57, admitted that she falsely registered for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster benefits after the June 2016 flood in Clay County, West Virginia.  Taylor claimed that her primary residence was damaged by the flood and that she was staying in a rental unit after the flood.  In fact, her primary residence was undamaged, and she still resided there.  Due to her false statements, she received more than $18,000 in FEMA benefits to which she was not entitled.  In her plea agreement, Taylor agreed to pay restitution of $18,149.04.</p> <p>“The flood was a natural disaster. Stealing from FEMA is a manmade disaster,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “The floods of June 2016 were historic and devastating to thousands of West Virginians. Lives were lost.  Too many of our brothers and sisters lost everything.  FEMA dollars are critical but limited.  Stealing critical FEMA dollars is a crime – literally and figuratively.  Taylor’s fraud scheme diverted disaster benefits from our most desperate and vulnerable, those most in need of help.  We take the solemn responsibility of ensuring FEMA dollars are used responsibly and legally.  The public can rest assured that my office takes heinous acts like stealing from disaster relief funds very seriously and will prosecute each and every case brought to us to the maximum extent of the law.”</p> <p>“Taking advantage of federal funds intended for disaster relief misappropriates taxpayer dollars, reduces monies available to true victims, and erodes public confidence in relief programs,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark Tasky of  DHS-OIG.  “In July 2016, after the good people of West Virginia were devastated by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides the month prior, the Defendant knowingly submitted a fraudulent application for disaster relief, in order to enrich herself and divert critical funds away from true disaster victims.  The DHS-OIG, operating jointly with our partners in the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, worked tirelessly to bring the Defendant to justice for her crimes.”</p> <p>Taylor faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 when she is sentenced on May 30, 2019.  United States District Court Judge the Honorable Irene C. Berger presided over the plea hearing.  Assistant United States Attorneys Stefan Hasselblad and Meredith George Thomas handled the prosecution.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/clay-county-woman-pleads-guilty-fema-fraud" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/clay-county-woman-pleads-guilty-fema-fraud</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 14:35:52 +0000 alan.smith 5175 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former West Virginia Cabinet Secretary Sentenced to Federal Prison for Embezzling Fire Department Funds https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/12172018/former-west-virginia-cabinet-secretary-sentenced-federal-prison-embezzling-fire-department-funds <span>Former West Virginia Cabinet Secretary Sentenced to Federal Prison for Embezzling Fire Department Funds</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Assistant United States Attorney Meredith George Thomas</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:44</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-12-17T12:00:00Z">Monday, December 17, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5561/download?token=fvX4mYJe" type="application/pdf; 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These grants allowed the Fire Department to pay firefighters and to purchase and maintain equipment.</p> <p>Furthermore, Gwinn admitted that that while he was Vice President and fiscal officer for the Fire Department, the Fire Department withheld taxes from its employees’ paychecks, including federal income taxes, Medicare, and social security taxes, together known as payroll taxes.  He admitted that he knew that he had the corporate responsibility to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over the Fire Department’s payroll taxes.  Gwinn admitted that from October 31, 2015 through April 30, 2017, while Gwinn was a responsible person for payroll taxes, Fire Department failed to account for and pay over approximately $61,421.31 in payroll taxes.</p> <p>Gwinn further admitted that when he filed his personal income tax returns with the IRS, those returns were false because they failed to account for the funds he had embezzled from the Fire Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Meredith George Thomas handled the prosecution. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers imposed the sentence.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/former-west-virginia-cabinet-secretary-sentenced-federal-prison-embezzling-fire" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/former-west-virginia-cabinet-secretary-sentenced-federal-prison-embezzling-fire</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 14:44:38 +0000 alan.smith 5180 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Announces Investigation of Migrant Child’s Death https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/12142018/inspector-general-announces-investigation-migrant-childs-death <span>Inspector General Announces Investigation of Migrant Child’s Death</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 12/14/2018 - 14:26</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-12-14T12:00:00Z">Friday, December 14, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5509/download?token=gXReMNJb" type="application/pdf; length=70475">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(68.82 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span>Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced that it will investigate the death of a 7-year-old migrant child who recently died after being taken into Border Patrol custody. </span></p> <p><span>At the culmination of its investigation, DHS OIG will provide a final report to the DHS Secretary, the Congress, and the public.</span></p> <p><span><span>In addition to an investigation of the specific circumstances of the child’s death, DHS OIG will continue its ongoing program of unannounced inspections of Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities. The results of these inspections will also be reported publicly.</span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">CBP</a></div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">ICE</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:26:34 +0000 alan.smith 5105 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Indicted on Charges of Theft and False Statements https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/12132018/us-customs-and-border-protection-officer-indicted-charges-theft-and-false-statements <span>U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Indicted on Charges of Theft and False Statements</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Trial Attorney Rebecca Moses of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/01/2019 - 10:01</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-12-13T12:00:00Z">Thursday, December 13, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5566/download?token=ma81v-qQ" type="application/pdf; length=130063">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(127.01 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>A federal grand jury sitting in the Southern District of Texas returned an indictment on Dec. 12 charging a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer with converting federal funds to his own use, with concealing material facts from CBP, and with making false representations to CBP, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced.</p> <p>Daniel Lerchbacker, 35, of Conroe, Texas, was charged with three counts of theft for allegedly failing to pay three Canadian entities for expenses that the United States had already provided the funds to cover and for collecting federal funds to which he knew he was not entitled.  Lerchbacker was also charged with two counts of false statements for allegedly submitting to CBP copies of checks as proof of payment, despite knowing that such payments had not, in fact, been made.  Lerchbacker will be arraigned on the charges today at 2 p.m. CST before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christina A. Bryan in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas in Houston.</p> <p>According to the indictment, Lerchbacker, while stationed in Canada as a CBP officer between December 2015 and December 2017, allegedly received from the U.S. foreign monetary allowances for the lease of his family’s residence and private school education expenses for his children.  During this time, Lerchbacker received the full amount of federal funds that he requested for these expenses, but Lerchbacker allegedly failed to pay a property management company and two private schools a total of approximately $54,460.99 CAD.  Additionally, Lerchbacker allegedly requested, collected, and retained from the United States approximately $24,230.50 CAD in advance funds for educational expenses for his children while knowing that he was to leave Canada before the end of the school year.</p> <p>An indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.</p> <p>The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Rebecca Moses of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-customs-and-border-protection-officer-indicted-charges-theft-and-false-statements" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-customs-and-border-protection-officer-indicted-charges-theft-and-false-statements</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 15:01:26 +0000 alan.smith 5183 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Captain with Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Sentenced for Smuggling Profits to Portugal https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/11062018/former-captain-bristol-county-sheriffs-office-sentenced-smuggling-profits-portugal <span>Former Captain with Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Sentenced for Smuggling Profits to Portugal</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:31</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-11-06T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, November 6, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5440/download?token=ULdekQJh" type="application/pdf; 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Casper to one year of probation, with the first eight months to be served in home confinement. In June 2018, Melo was convicted by a federal jury of one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and one count of structuring the export of monetary instruments. The jury acquitted Melo of one count of bulk cash smuggling.</p> <p>During the trial, evidence showed that while at Logan International Airport Melo asked his friends and travel companions to carry envelopes of cash for Rafael on a flight to the Azores in Portugal. At the time, Melo was an Administrative Captain with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and was traveling to the Azores with Rafael for a charity event sponsored by the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to the flight, Melo asked three of his travel companions to follow him into the men’s bathroom at Logan Airport before going through the TSA Security Checkpoint. In the bathroom, Melo distributed four envelopes of cash to his companions, taking one for himself. Two days after arriving in Portugal, bank records demonstrate that Rafael deposited $76,000 in U.S. currency into his Portuguese bank account.</p> <p>United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Mark Tasky, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Philadelphia Field Office; and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Neil Gallagher and Justin O’Connell of Lelling’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit prosecuted the case.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/former-captain-bristol-county-sheriff-s-office-sentenced-smuggling-profits-portugal" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/former-captain-bristol-county-sheriff-s-office-sentenced-smuggling-profits-portugal</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 16:31:03 +0000 alan.smith 4991 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Ambler, Pennsylvania Man Admits Defrauding FEMA Relating To Major Disaster https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/10152018/ambler-pennsylvania-man-admits-defrauding-fema-relating-major-disaster <span>Ambler, Pennsylvania Man Admits Defrauding FEMA Relating To Major Disaster</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:18</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-10-15T12:00:00Z">Monday, October 15, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5409/download?token=Uw8SZQ79" type="application/pdf; length=191292">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(186.81 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>CAMDEN, N.J. – An Ambler, Pennsylvania, man today admitted defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of thousands of dollars after Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.</p> <p>Nicholas Ochs, 54, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to Counts One (disaster benefit fraud) and Four (mail fraud) of the indictment against him.</p> <p>According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:</p> <p>When a natural disaster or federal emergency occurs in the United States, federal agencies, such as FEMA, provide relief and assistance to affected individuals and entities. FEMA provides financial assistance by, among other things, helping affected individuals repair their property.</p> <p>In October 2012, Cape May County suffered severe damage from wind, rain and flooding generated by Hurricane Sandy when it struck New Jersey. On Oct. 30, 2012, then-President Obama signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey, enabling eligible individuals who were displaced by the storms to seek financial assistance from FEMA.</p> <p>At the time of Hurricane Sandy, Ochs’s mother lived in a house in Ocean City, New Jersey. In January 2013, Ochs filed an application with FEMA on her behalf, seeking federal rental assistance and assistance for personal property damage under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program. He claimed the property was damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy and was unfit for occupancy. An inspector working on behalf of FEMA inspected the property and determined that the property was uninhabitable, that repairs were required, and that the homeowner had moved. During the inspection, Ochs, acting with power of attorney, signed the application on behalf of his mother attesting that all the information on the application was true and correct. By signing the application, Ochs also acknowledged that any disaster relief money awarded would be returned if his mother received insurance benefits for the same loss.</p> <p>FEMA initially denied Ochs’s claim, citing the fact that the property was covered by insurance. Ochs submitted documents to FEMA indicating that the insurance provider denied his mother’s claim. Based on that, in February 2013, FEMA awarded Ochs’s mother funds for rental assistance and home repair.</p> <p>In applying to FEMA for home repair and rental assistance claiming that his mother was displaced by Hurricane Sandy, Ochs submitted fraudulent leases claiming that his mother was renting another property on the same block in Ocean City. Ochs also provided fictitious rental receipts. Ochs failed to disclose that the property his mother was renting was owned by his family and that no rent was ever paid. To support his mother’s continued need for rental assistance, Ochs was required to complete FEMA forms, and he faxed fraudulent lease agreements and rental receipts to FEMA.</p> <p>In February 2013 Ochs contacted FEMA and made a false claim for transportation assistance, claiming that his mother’s 1985 Mercedes Benz was damaged by Hurricane Sandy and submitting fraudulent documentation to that effect.</p> <p>Between February 2013 and December 2013, FEMA paid Ochs’ mother $17,229 for rental assistance and $4,345 for home repairs, through the issuance of direct deposits into bank accounts that Ochs controlled. Ochs then used the money to pay his personal expenses.</p> <p>FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program indemnifies flood insurance providers when a claim is paid out. At the time of the storm, Wells Fargo Bank held the mortgage on Ochs’s mother’s property. After Ochs made a claim to the insurance provider, the insurance provider sent the insurance proceeds to Wells Fargo. To entice Wells Fargo to release the funds, Ochs presented fraudulent invoices and forms from a builder that over inflated the value of the work that the builders performed. Wells Fargo mailed numerous checks totaling $169,518 to the house in Ocean City. Ochs deposited the checks into bank accounts that he controlled and spent the money on personal expenses. The flood insurance claims were indemnified by FEMA.</p> <p>The count of disaster benefits fraud to which Ochs pleaded guilty to carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The count of mail fraud to which he pleaded guilty carries a potential penalty of 30 years in prison and $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2019.</p> <p>U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Mark Tasky, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.</p> <p>The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Richardson of the U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division in Camden.</p> <p>Defense counsel: William J. Hughes Jr., Atlantic City, New Jersey</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/ambler-pennsylvania-man-admits-defrauding-fema-relating-major-disaster" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/ambler-pennsylvania-man-admits-defrauding-fema-relating-major-disaster</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 19:18:09 +0000 alan.smith 4959 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov New York Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/09062018/new-york-man-pleads-guilty-cyberstalking <span>New York Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Joshua Stueve Director of Communications, <a href="mailto:joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov">joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov</a></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/11/2018 - 12:01</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-09-06T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 6, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5364/download?token=Hc8DL80q" type="application/pdf; length=166718">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(162.81 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A New York man pleaded guilty today to cyberstalking victims in the Eastern District of Virginia and Washington, D.C. and to frame them for crimes or workplace violations they had not committed.</p> <p>According to court documents, over a period of one year, Anthony Caccamo, 27, of Flushing, used identity-masking internet applications to send harassing messages to one of his victims, posing as men with whom the victim had had a consensual sexual relationship. In those messages, Caccamo threatened to hack the victim’s online accounts, leak sensitive personal information, and frame her for crimes she had not committed. On at least one occasion, Caccamo made good on his threat to frame the victim for crimes she had not committed. For example, in June 2017, Caccamo sent a false tip to the Homeland Security Investigations Tipline, alleging that she was involved in narcotics smuggling. Caccamo also created false evidence to convince federal investigators that he, too, was a victim of harassment, and provided false information to federal investigators to make it appear as though a certain DHS employee with a cybersecurity background was responsible for the harassment. Federal investigators ultimately traced the harassing messages to Caccamo’s online accounts and personal devices.</p> <p>Caccamo pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced on December 14. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.</p> <p>G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and John V. Kelly, Acting Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura Fong and Jay V. Prabhu prosecuted the case.</p> <p>A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:18-cr-327.</p> <p> </p> <p>Topic(s):<br /> Cyber Crime</p> <p>Component(s):<br /> USAO - Virginia, Eastern</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/new-york-man-pleads-guilty-cyberstalking" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/new-york-man-pleads-guilty-cyberstalking</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 11 Sep 2018 16:01:46 +0000 alan.smith 4851 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Federal Agent Sentenced on Bribery and Fraud Charges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/08132018/former-federal-agent-sentenced-bribery-and-fraud-charges <span>Former Federal Agent Sentenced on Bribery and Fraud Charges</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Gina Balaya - (313) 226-9758</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:24</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-08-13T12:00:00Z">Monday, August 13, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5336/download?token=B8Lfbfc8" type="application/pdf; 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While his actions are atypical of the dedication and integrity demonstrated by the vast majority of DHS employees, this sentence should send a message about the serious consequences facing those who exploit their positions and violate the law. The ICE Office of Professional Responsibility and the DHS Office of Inspector General will continue to aggressively investigate corruption and seek to prosecute perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law."</p> <p>William J. Hannah, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General’s Chicago Field Office. “The foundation of law enforcement is the integrity of its officers.  Agents who fail to uphold those values, like Clifton Divers, will be held accountable for their actions,” said</p> <p>Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent in Charge Timothy R. Slater, stated:</p> <p> The investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Office of Professional Responsibility.    The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison, and former Assistant United States Attorney, Bruce C. Judge.</p> <p>Contact: Gina Balaya - (313) 226-9758<br /><a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html">www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">http://www.justice.gov/usao/mie/index.html</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:24:06 +0000 alan.smith 4787 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Commemorates National Whistleblower Protection Day https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/07302018/dhs-oig-commemorates-national-whistleblower-protection-day <span>DHS OIG Commemorates National Whistleblower Protection Day</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/30/2018 - 13:11</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-07-30T12:00:00Z">Monday, July 30, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5282/download?token=ffkiPhix" type="application/pdf; length=91479">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(89.33 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue share-this-page"><div class="block-social-media"> <div class="social-media-sharing"> <ul class=""> <li> <a target="_blank" class="facebook-share share" href="http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases" title="Facebook"> <img alt="Facebook" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/facebook_share.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="linkedin share" href="http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&amp;url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;title=Press Releases&amp;source=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Linkedin"> <img alt="Linkedin" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/linkedin.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a target="_blank" class="twitter share" href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?url=https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml&amp;status=Press Releases+https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Twitter"> <img alt="Twitter" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/twitter.svg"> </a> </li> <li> <a class="email share" href="mailto:?subject=Press Releases&amp;body=Check out this site https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/rss.xml" title="Email"> <img alt="Email" src="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/profiles/oig_gov/modules/contrib/social_media/icons/email.svg"> </a> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>Today, agencies across the federal government are commemorating National Whistleblower Protection Day. This day, rooted in the foundation of American history, serves to memorialize our forefathers who unanimously passed America's first Whistleblower Protection Law in 1778. That action still stands today as a testament to the importance of whistleblowing and holding our government honest, efficient and accountable.</p> <p>The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) relies on whistleblowers to report waste, fraud, and abuse in DHS programs and operations. DHS OIG’s Whistleblower Protection Unit, responsible for handling all allegations of whistleblower retaliation filed with the OIG, received over 150 complaints of retaliation last fiscal year. OIG also has a Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman (WPO), responsible for educating and advising all DHS employees about whistleblower protection rights and remedies.</p> <p>“Courageous individuals who choose to ‘blow the whistle’ are essential to making sure our government holds true to the mission of protecting funds on behalf of the American taxpayer,” said Acting Inspector General John Kelly. “DHS personnel at the highest levels of leadership value the unique contributions of whistleblowers.”</p> <p>Individuals who are aware of fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement of DHS resources are encouraged to contact OIG via OIG’s Hotline or by calling (800) 323-8603. Whistleblowers can choose to remain anonymous when reporting to the OIG and the OIG Whistleblower Protection Coordinator is always available to provide general information to DHS employees and contractors on whistleblower rights and protections.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">MGMT</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Management</a></div> Mon, 30 Jul 2018 17:11:38 +0000 alan.smith 4756 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Staten Island Resident Pleads Guilty to Disaster Relief Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/07252018/staten-island-resident-pleads-guilty-disaster-relief-fraud <span>Staten Island Resident Pleads Guilty to Disaster Relief Fraud</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/26/2018 - 08:23</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-07-25T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, July 25, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5259/download?token=QZ55c-sM" type="application/pdf; length=66784">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(65.22 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><strong>Defendant Fraudulently Obtained More Than $750,000 from Relief Programs Intended for New York City Residents Displaced by Hurricane Sandy</strong></p> <p>Earlier today, Nagwa Elsilimy pleaded guilty at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn to disaster relief fraud in connection with obtaining more than $750,000 in disaster relief from New York City’s Build It Back program and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Today’s proceeding took place before United States District Judge Raymond J. Dearie.</p> <p>Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Christina Scaringi, Special Agent-in-Charge, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD OIG); Mark Tasky, Special Agent-in-Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Washington Field Office (DHS OIG); and Mark G. Peters, Commissioner, New York City Department of Investigation, announced the guilty plea.</p> <p>According to court filings and facts presented during the guilty plea proceeding, in the days and months following Hurricane Sandy, which struck New York and New Jersey on October 29, 2012, Elsilimy obtained and attempted to obtain federal funds appropriated for Sandy disaster relief by submitting material misrepresentations in her applications for relief.  Specifically, Elsilimy misrepresented that a home in Staten Island, which her family had abandoned months before the storm, was her primary residence at the time the hurricane devastated parts of New York and New Jersey.  In fact, she had been residing at a different address since at least March 2012.  Evidence obtained in the investigation established that Elsilimy fraudulently obtained federal and city aid totaling more than $750,000.</p> <p>When sentenced, Elsilimy faces up to 30 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $1,500,000.</p> <p>The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Section.  Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Losey Macchiaverna is in charge of the prosecution.</p> <p>The Defendant:</p> <p>NAGWA ELSILIMY<br />  Age:  60<br />  Staten Island, NY</p> <p>E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 17-CR-563</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/staten-island-resident-pleads-guilty-disaster-relief-fraud" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/staten-island-resident-pleads-guilty-disaster-relief-fraud</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 12:23:06 +0000 alan.smith 4737 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Cabinet Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Fire Department Funds https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/06212018/former-cabinet-secretary-pleads-guilty-embezzling-fire-department <span>Former Cabinet Secretary Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Fire Department Funds</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:04</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-06-21T12:00:00Z">Thursday, June 21, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5216/download?token=EairKE-s" type="application/pdf; length=251545">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(245.65 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>He stole over $178,790 between 2013 and 2016 from Teays Valley Fire Department</p> <p>In Separate Embezzlement Scheme Wife Embezzles over $75,000 from the Same Fire Department</p> <p>HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Hurricane man and former West Virginia Cabinet Secretary pled guilty today to embezzling $178,790 from the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department, as well as to a related tax crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Clifford Keith Gwinn, 64, formerly the Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, faces up to 15 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release and a $200 special assessment when he is sentenced on September 17, 2018.  He has agreed to pay restitution to the Fire Department in the amount of  $178,790 and to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $68,281.  U.S. Attorney Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations.</p> <p>“Egregious criminal conduct,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “To steal from our first responders, those that save our lives and protect our homes, for personal greed is beyond comprehension.  It’s disappointing to say the least that a former public official serving at the highest levels of West Virginia state government would steal from first responders, the very folks who would run into danger to save him.  It’s tragic.  My team stands ready to aggressively prosecute elected officials who violate the basic public trust of honest service.”</p> <p>Gwinn admitted that as Vice President and fiscal officer of the Fire Department, he was in charge of the financial affairs of the Fire Department and exercised significant control over the Fire Department’s finances.  He admitted that his duties included reporting income and expenditures to the Fire Department, preparing and submitting taxes for the Fire Department, and assisting with applications and reimbursements for federal grants, among other duties.   He further admitted that he, without authorization from the Fire Department, opened a Fire Department bank account where only he had signature authority, transferred funds into that account without the knowledge or authorization from the Fire Department, ensured certain health care insurance company reimbursements were deposited into that account, and wrote himself checks and checks to cash out of that account, which he then typically cashed.  He admitted that he further instructed the Fire Department’s Treasurer to write him checks from other Fire Department bank accounts and further misrepresented the amount of bank account balances to the Fire Department officers and board members.  He also admitted that he structured withdrawals out of the Fire Department’s accounts in series of transactions below $10,000, to prevent the banks from filing Currency Transaction Reports.  While he admitted that he systematically deposited cash into Fire Department bank accounts, his overall withdrawals and payments received significantly overwhelmed the amount of any deposits.   He also admitted that he had no authorization to write himself checks or receive and cash checks from the Fire Department, and was not entitled to any compensation.</p> <p>During the period from 2013 through 2016 that Gwinn embezzled $178,790 in Fire Department funds, the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department received grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. These grants allowed the Fire Department to pay firefighters and to purchase and maintain equipment.</p> <p>Furthermore, Gwinn admitted that that while he was Vice President and fiscal officer for the Fire Department, the Fire Department withheld taxes from its employee’s paychecks, including federal income taxes, Medicare, and social security taxes, together known as payroll taxes.  He admitted that he knew that he had the corporate responsibility to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over the Fire Department’s payroll taxes.  Gwinn admitted that from October 31, 2015 through April 30, 2017, while Gwinn was a responsible person for payroll taxes, Fire Department failed to account for and pay over approximately $61,421.31 in payroll taxes.</p> <p>Gwinn further admitted that when he filed his personal income tax returns with the IRS, those returns were false because they failed to account for the funds he had embezzled from the Fire Department.</p> <p>In a related prosecution, but separate embezzlement scheme, Gwinn’s wife, Kathy Sue Gwinn, 52, was sentenced yesterday for embezzling over $75,000 from the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department.   Kathy Gwinn was ordered to jail for a weekend a month for five months, ten months home confinement, and 3 years supervised release, plus probation.</p> <p>Gwinn formerly served as the Treasurer of the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department. As Treasurer, she generated payroll checks for firefighters and signed the payroll checks on a Fire Department bank account. Gwinn volunteered for the Fire Department, and had no authority to write herself checks, nor was she entitled to wages, salary, or compensation for her role as Treasurer. Beginning in October 2014, and continuing through March 2017, she printed and wrote herself unauthorized checks from the Fire Department’s payroll account, noting on the memo line of the checks that the checks were for payroll, overtime, or tax preparation. Gwinn moved money from one fire department bank account into the bank account primarily used for payroll, and when she transferred those funds, she inflated the amount of the transfer to include enough to cover the unauthorized checks she planned to write to herself. Over the course of her scheme, she embezzled $75,356.70.  Gwinn was ordered to pay this amount in restitution.</p> <p>During the period Gwinn embezzled funds, the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department received grants from FEMA, an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. These grants allowed the fire department to pay firefighters and to purchase and maintain equipment.</p> <p>Assistant United States Attorney Meredith George Thomas was in charge of the prosecutions. United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearings.<br />  </p> <p>U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin, who also serves as the Executive Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud, announced today that LISA ELIZABETH CORONA, 37, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury charging her with submitting false claims to the United States and theft of $30,644 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds in relation to the 2016 flooding that affected numerous local areas, to include Livingston Parish.</p> <p>Following the 2016 flooding that affected 12 parishes in south Louisiana, FEMA funds were available to people who had emergency needs for food, shelter, and clothing because of the flood.  In order to qualify for assistance based on home ownership, an individual must have, among other things, resided in the home at the time of the storm.</p> <p>According to the indictment, CORONA is alleged to have submitted a false application for FEMA assistance for a Denham Springs residence where she did not reside at the time of the August 2016 flooding.  In her application, she is also alleged to have lied in asserting that, because of the damage to the Denham Springs residence, she had emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter.</p> <p>“Federal disaster assistance funds are designated for the aid of individuals affected by a disaster, and with the intent to return these individuals to the lives they lived before being victimized by disasters,” said U.S. Attorney Fremin.  “The theft of these funds by criminals results in losses not only to the federal government, but also to actual disaster victims.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, together with the National Center for Disaster Fraud and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, will continue diligent efforts to prosecute those who seek to steal disaster assistance funds and impair the Federal Government’s ability to assist true victims of a disaster.”</p> <p>Special Agent in Charge David Green, Houston Field Office, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, stated, “Working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the OIG will continue our commitment to identify and aggressively investigate all allegations of fraud to protect the integrity of FEMA programs funded by the taxpayer.   Theft of funds from DHS programs intended to help those in need will not be tolerated.”</p> <p>Members of the public who suspect fraud involving disaster relief efforts, or believe they have been the victim of fraud from a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of disaster victims, should contact the National Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at (866) 720-5721.  The telephone line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can also fax information to the Center at (225) 334-4707, or email it to <a href="mailto:disaster@leo.gov(link">disaster@leo.gov(link</a> sends e-mail).  Learn more about the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud at <a href="http://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud" target="_blank">http://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud</a>.</p> <p>This matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul L. Pugliese.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/former-cabinet-secretary-pleads-guilty-embezzling-fire-department-funds" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/former-cabinet-secretary-pleads-guilty-embezzling-fire-department-funds</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:04:23 +0000 alan.smith 4667 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov St. Thomas Man Indicted for Disaster Fraud and Wire Fraud Stemming From Theft of FEMA Relief Money https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/06132018/st-thomas-man-indicted-disaster-fraud-and-wire-fraud-stemming-theft-fema-relief-money <span>St. Thomas Man Indicted for Disaster Fraud and Wire Fraud Stemming From Theft of FEMA Relief Money</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:45</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-06-13T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 13, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5250/download?token=wtrh5LCK" type="application/pdf; length=46058">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(44.98 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><strong>St. Thomas, USVI – </strong>United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced today that Teron Stevens, 27, of St. Thomas, was indicted on Friday, June 8, 2018, by a federal grand jury charging him with one count of Disaster Fraud and one count of Wire Fraud, in relation to Hurricane Irma Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief funds.</p> <p>According to the indictment, in September of 2017, Stevens applied to FEMA for disaster relief by falsely claiming to be a homeowner of a property damaged by Hurricane Irma. As a result, Stevens received over $27,000 in FEMA assistance to which he was not entitled. If convicted, Stevens faces a maximum sentence of not more than 30 years in prison, and a fine of up to $1,000,000.</p> <p>On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma struck the United States Virgin Islands. In response, on September 7, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued a major disaster declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq. (the "Stafford Act"), for the Virgin Islands. As a result of this declaration, FEMA was authorized to provide assistance to affected residents of St. Thomas and St. John through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.</p> <p>This case is part of the United States Attorney’s Disaster Fraud Task Force, which was announced in October 2017. Members of the public who suspect fraud involving disaster relief efforts, or believe they have been the victim of fraud from a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of disaster victims, should contact the National Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at (866) 720-5721. The telephone line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also fax information to the Center at (225) 334-4707, or email it to <a href="mailto:disaster@leo.gov">disaster@leo.gov</a>. Learn more about the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud at <a href="http://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud">http://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud</a>.</p> <p>This case is being investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security-Office of the Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Meredith J. Edwards and Mervin A. Bourne, Jr.</p> <p>United States Attorney Shappert reminds the public that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-vi/pr/st-thomas-man-indicted-disaster-fraud-and-wire-fraud-stemming-theft-fema-relief-money" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-vi/pr/st-thomas-man-indicted-disaster-fraud-and-wire-fraud-stemming-theft-fema-relief-money</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 15:45:41 +0000 alan.smith 4726 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Denham Springs Woman Indicted for Theft of Disaster Assistance Funds https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/06082018/denham-springs-woman-indicted-theft-disaster-assistance-funds <span>Denham Springs Woman Indicted for Theft of Disaster Assistance Funds</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><h3>For Information Contact</h3> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/24/2018 - 11:50</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-06-08T12:00:00Z">Friday, June 8, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5254/download?token=ptP8CsvZ" type="application/pdf; length=213591">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(208.58 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin, who also serves as the Executive Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud, announced today that LISA ELIZABETH CORONA, 37, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury charging her with submitting false claims to the United States and theft of $30,644 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds in relation to the 2016 flooding that affected numerous local areas, to include Livingston Parish.</p> <p>Following the 2016 flooding that affected 12 parishes in south Louisiana, FEMA funds were available to people who had emergency needs for food, shelter, and clothing because of the flood.  In order to qualify for assistance based on home ownership, an individual must have, among other things, resided in the home at the time of the storm.</p> <p>According to the indictment, CORONA is alleged to have submitted a false application for FEMA assistance for a Denham Springs residence where she did not reside at the time of the August 2016 flooding.  In her application, she is also alleged to have lied in asserting that, because of the damage to the Denham Springs residence, she had emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter.</p> <p>“Federal disaster assistance funds are designated for the aid of individuals affected by a disaster, and with the intent to return these individuals to the lives they lived before being victimized by disasters,” said U.S. Attorney Fremin.  “The theft of these funds by criminals results in losses not only to the federal government, but also to actual disaster victims.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, together with the National Center for Disaster Fraud and our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, will continue diligent efforts to prosecute those who seek to steal disaster assistance funds and impair the Federal Government’s ability to assist true victims of a disaster.”</p> <p>Special Agent in Charge David Green, Houston Field Office, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, stated, “Working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the OIG will continue our commitment to identify and aggressively investigate all allegations of fraud to protect the integrity of FEMA programs funded by the taxpayer.   Theft of funds from DHS programs intended to help those in need will not be tolerated.”</p> <p>Members of the public who suspect fraud involving disaster relief efforts, or believe they have been the victim of fraud from a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of disaster victims, should contact the National Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at (866) 720-5721.  The telephone line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can also fax information to the Center at (225) 334-4707, or email it to <a>disaster@leo.gov<span><span> (link sends e-mail)</span></span></a>.  Learn more about the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud at <a href="http://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud" target="_blank">http://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud</a>.</p> <p>This matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul L. Pugliese.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdla/pr/denham-springs-woman-indicted-theft-disaster-assistance-funds" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdla/pr/denham-springs-woman-indicted-theft-disaster-assistance-funds</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 15:50:39 +0000 alan.smith 4731 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Son of House-Stealing Scheme Mastermind Sentenced to 119 Months in Federal Prison https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/4628 <span>Son of House-Stealing Scheme Mastermind Sentenced to 119 Months in Federal Prison</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For Information Contact</strong></p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:40</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-06-05T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 5, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5195/download?token=C0Kk-iXz" type="application/pdf; length=231612">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(226.18 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>PHILADELPHIA – Terrell Hampton who, along with his father and several other family members, defrauded the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and innocent owners and purchasers of Philadelphia real estate, was sentenced to 119 months in prison today, announced U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain.</p> <p>Hampton, 37, along with his father Kenneth and other family members, stole vacant homes in Philadelphia that belonged to people who could not afford to defend their properties. Kenneth Hampton was convicted and sentenced to 200 months in prison in November.</p> <p>At the direction of his father, who was in prison at the time, Terrell looked for vacant properties to target, created and filed fraudulent deeds, sought buyers for the stolen properties, and kept Kenneth apprised of scheme developments. They communicated through phone calls, emails, and letters, as well as through Kenneth’s fiancée, co-conspirator Roxanne Mason.</p> <p>The participants in the scheme moved into the stolen properties under the cover of fake leases that purported to grant them the right to occupancy.  They then found ways to profit from the stolen properties, either by selling the homes to good faith purchasers, by saddling them with debt, or by taking advantage of government programs designed to aid legitimate homeowners.                                                                                    </p> <p> “This defendant stole from people who didn’t have the resources to fight back, often resulting in victim battling against victim, homeowner against good faith purchaser,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “He lived up to the low example set by his father, and I am proud that the talented case team has put both of them behind bars.”</p> <p>The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security - Office of the Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Office of the Inspector General, City of Philadelphia.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul G. Shapiro and Sarah M. Wolfe.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edpa/pr/son-house-stealing-scheme-mastermind-sentenced-119-months-federal-prison" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-edpa/pr/son-house-stealing-scheme-mastermind-sentenced-119-months-federal-prison</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:40:16 +0000 alan.smith 4628 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov CEO Gets More Than 19 Years for $18 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/06052018/ceo-gets-more-19-years-18-million-health-care-fraud-scheme <span>CEO Gets More Than 19 Years for $18 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For Information Contact</strong></p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:48</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-06-05T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 5, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5200/download?token=oLtP7U7P" type="application/pdf; length=196755">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(192.14 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>HOUSTON – The CEO of Team Work Ready (TWR) has received a significant federal sentence for conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave of the U.S. Postal Service - Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Special Agent in Charge Steven Grell of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – OIG, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ramsey Covington of IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI), Special Agent in Charge James Werner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – OIG and Special Agent in Charge David J. Green of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – OIG.</p> <p>A federal jury convicted Jeffrey Eugene Rose Sr., 56, along with his wife - chief financial officer (CFO) Pamela Annette Rose, 56 - and the clinic’s vice president of operations Frankie Lee Sanders, 56, following 14 hours of deliberation on Oct. 17, 2016.</p> <p>Today, U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr., who presided over the trial, sentenced Rose to 233 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay $14,537548.54 in restitution to the DOL, Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (OWCP) which administered the Federal Employees Compensation Act health care benefit program known as FECA. In arriving at the sentence, Judge Werlein considered the seriousness of the offense and the $18,354,971 in fraudulent claims submitted from Rose’s 10 TWR clinics located in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Memphis and Alabama, including clinics in Houston, San Antonio, and McAllen. Rose will also be required to serve three years supervised release upon completion of the prison term.</p> <p>“The sentence imposed today serves as a clear deterrent to those engaging in fraud against federal benefit programs,” said Cave. “USPS-OIG, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to aggressively pursue these investigations and exhaust all efforts in uncovering these fraud schemes.”</p> <p>Pamela Rose and Sanders were previously sentenced July 21, 2017, to 120 and 300 months, respectively.</p> <p>During the trial, the jury heard testimony from 38 witnesses including former patients of TWR clinics, former employees of TWR clinics, various experts and special agents from USPS-OIG and IRS-CI. According to testimony, TWR submitted millions in false and fraudulent claims for physical therapy services.</p> <p>“Jeffrey Rose orchestrated a fraudulent scheme to submit more than $18 million in claims for services never provided to injured federal workers to DOL-OWCP using the health care clinics he owned in multiple states,” said Grell. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect the integrity of department programs and safeguard taxpayer money.”</p> <p>“Our system of health care is founded on the trust of the public in its health care professionals and the outstanding services they provide. The health care fraud and money laundering activities committed by Jeffrey Rose and his co-conspirators harms all Americans, as we all have to pay our fair share for government services and protections that we enjoy,” said Covington. “IRS-CI agents along with our law enforcement partners remain committed to ending healthcare fraud conspiracies and seeking justice for those involved in these crimes.”</p> <p>Patients testified at trial that they did not receive the one-on-one physical therapy services for which DOL-OWCP paid under FECA. Rather, they stated they exercised independently on treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines and with the Nintendo Wii game as well as other pieces of exercise equipment. One patient described an electronic massage chair in the San Antonio clinic, while another patient testified that unlicensed staff told him to do exercises on both of his arms, although he only injured his left elbow and to use the electronic massage chair and the treadmill for his injury. Similarly, a patient from Houston testified that she was asked to do some exercises that had nothing to do with her carpal tunnel wrist injury, specifically walking on a treadmill.</p> <p>Testimony from former TWR employees revealed that the Houston clinic had as many as 30 – 60 patients a day and that employees did not know what the patients were doing in the main treatment area because they were busy in the back doing massages, electrical stimulation treatments and ultrasound treatments. Patients at the New Orleans clinic were instructed to go back to the therapy room to begin doing exercises by themselves. Employees testified that they did not perform all the one-on-one services documented on patient treatment notes and admitted they frequently completed the patient treatment notes at the end of the day by following a “cheat sheet” and asking each other and the patients what activities had been done. Various individuals described the treatment as “like a gym.”</p> <p>Undercover federal agents posed as patients at two of the TWR clinics. The jury watched portions of covertly made recordings that supported the employee and patient testimony about clinic activities. The jury also heard several recordings a TWR employee made demonstrating how  the defendants tried to coerce her into ordering medically unnecessary treatment so the clinics could profit.</p> <p>As explained during the trial by DOL-OWCP’s chief fiscal officer, FECA does not pay for professional services performed by unlicensed aides. Under FECA rules, a chiropractor can only be paid when they treat spinal subluxation or when they personally perform physical therapy under the direction of, and as prescribed by, a medical doctor. They also cannot direct unlicensed individuals to perform skilled physical therapy services. Specifically, in relation to this case, TWR falsely and fraudulently submitted claims for skilled one-on-one physical therapy services provided by a licensed chiropractor when, in reality, the services were not provided as described.</p> <p>Rose and his wife were also convicted of money laundering after another TWR employee testified about the pair moving $700,000 out of TWR accounts to hide it from the federal government in July 2013, while federal agents executed search warrants at multiple TWR locations.</p> <p>Rose has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.</p> <p>USPS - OIG, DOL - OIG, IRS - CI, Department of Veterans Affairs - OIG, and Department of Homeland Security – OIG conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) Julie Redlinger and Daniel Rodriguez prosecuted the case. AUSA Kristine Rollinson handled the forfeiture matters.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/ceo-gets-more-19-years-18-million-health-care-fraud-scheme" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/ceo-gets-more-19-years-18-million-health-care-fraud-scheme</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:48:14 +0000 alan.smith 4635 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Two Customs And Border Protection Officers Indicted, Another Pleads Guilty To Assaults On Fellow Officers At Newark Airport https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/06052018/two-customs-and-border-protection-officers-indicted-another <span>Two Customs And Border Protection Officers Indicted, Another Pleads Guilty To Assaults On Fellow Officers At Newark Airport</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Wed, 06/06/2018 - 13:20</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-06-05T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 5, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5201/download?token=G6fHbUq1" type="application/pdf; length=228235">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(222.89 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>NEWARK, N.J. – Two Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers were indicted and another pleaded guilty for their roles in the assaults of two fellow CBP officers at Newark Liberty International Airport, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.</p> <p>Parmenio I. Perez, 40, of Hawthorne, New Jersey, and Michael A. Papagni, 32, of Staten Island, New York, were charged by indictment today with two counts of forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating, and interfering with two CBP officers, identified in court documents as “Victim One” and “Victim Two,” while the victims were engaged in their duties as CBP officers. They will be arraigned at a later date.</p> <p>Tito Catota, 38, of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, pleaded guilty June 4, 2018, before Senior U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court to an information charging him with two counts of forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating, and interfering with Victim One and Victim Two while they were engaged in their duties as CBP officers. All three defendants were originally arrested and charged by complaint in September 2017.</p> <p>According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:</p> <p>Catota, Perez, and Papagni were employed as CBP officers at Newark Liberty International Airport and were assigned to the Passenger Enforcement Rover Team (PERT). PERT was a CBP specialized unit that identified and intercepted passengers attempting to bring contraband into the United States or who might be associated with terrorist activities. PERT maintained an office on the second floor of Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport.</p> <p>Victim One was assigned to PERT in October 2016. Within the first two weeks that Victim One worked in PERT, Papagni allegedly advised Victim One that the PERT office table was known as the “rape table” and threatened the victim that he would get him on it.</p> <p>On Jan. 10, 2017, an individual identified in court documents as “CBPO 2” shut off the lights in the PERT office. Papagni, Catota, and another officer identified as “CBPO 3” grabbed Victim One’s arms and legs and threw him on top of the PERT office table. While Papagni, Catota, and CBPO 3 held him down, Perez got on top of Victim One’s mid-section and grinded his body up and down against Victim One’s genitals through the victim’s clothing in a motion simulating a sex act. Victim One unsuccessfully attempted to push Perez off his body. When Perez got off of Victim One, Papagni, Catota, and CBPO 3 released him.</p> <p>On Nov. 30, 2016, Victim Two, who was assigned to the Port Director staff, went to the PERT office to speak to CBPO 1. A few minutes later, an officer identified as “CBPO 4” locked one of the doors to the office. Catota, Papagni, and Perez then grabbed Victim Two and threw him on his side on the PERT office table. Perez then allegedly simulated a sex act on Victim 2’s leg. Victim Two struggled to get free until Catota, Papagni, and Perez eventually released him.</p> <p>At his plea hearing, Catota admitted that he and other CBP officers referred to the tables in the PERT office as the “rape table.” Catota also admitted helping grab Victim One and Victim Two, throwing them on the tables, and holding them down while they were attacked. In addition, Catota also admitted that he and other CBP officers discussed the assaults on the Whatsapp chat message service. For instance, on Dec. 7, 2016, Catota stated that another CBP officer had “walked out on the rape” when referring to the assault of Victim Two.</p> <p> The charges against Perez, Papagni, and Catota each carry a maximum potential penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.</p> <p>The charges and allegations against Perez and Papagni are merely accusations, and they are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.</p> <p>U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, New York Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Mark Tasky and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Professional Responsibility, New York Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Vance Kuhner, with the investigation leading to the indictment and guilty plea.</p> <p>The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Leslie Faye Schwartz of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Division, and Rahul Agarwal, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division in Newark.</p> <p>Catota: Alan Zegas Esq., Chatham, New Jersey<br />  Papagni: Chad Seigel Esq., New York<br />  Perez: Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, Verona, New Jersey</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/two-customs-and-border-protection-officers-indicted-another-pleads-guilty-assaults-fellow" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/two-customs-and-border-protection-officers-indicted-another-pleads-guilty-assaults-fellow</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:20:34 +0000 alan.smith 4638 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Building on 40 Years of Excellence in Independent Oversight https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/4534 <span>Building on 40 Years of Excellence in Independent Oversight</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><h3>For Information Contact</h3> <p>Mark Jones<br /> Executive Director<br /> (202) 292-2600</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:21</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-05-08T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, May 8, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5151/download?token=yyTmkVXp" type="application/pdf; length=192185">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(187.68 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p> </p> <p>On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) will host an all-day conference to educate the public about the impact of the Inspector General Act of 1978 and the work of federal Inspectors General in the 40 years since passage of the Act. Discussion will feature distinguished speakers including Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and other Members of Congress, Inspectors General, academics, and others in the oversight community.</p> <p>The Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, established 73 independent Offices of Inspector General (OIG) within federal agencies to provide oversight and to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness throughout the federal government. Today, over 14,000 OIG employees work to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in federal programs and personnel. This work has resulted in recommendations for hundreds of billions of dollars of potential savings, tens of thousands of successful prosecutions, and transformational government reforms. For example, the <a href="/sites/default/files/assets/2017/OIG-17-112-Sep17.pdf">Department of Homeland Security OIG revealed</a> critical security vulnerabilities in TSA’s airport security screenings which resulted in significant changes to TSA operations, training, and policy; <a href="https://www.gsaig.gov/sites/default/files/news/Final%20Management%20Deficiency%20Report_WRC_2012%20April%202%20%28508%20compliant%29.pdf" target="_blank">a review by the General Services Administration OIG</a> transformed the way federal agencies plan and host conferences and enhanced stewardship of tax dollars; and a <a href="https://www.uspsoig.gov/document/management-advisory-workersÔÇÖ-compensation-compound-drug-costs" target="_blank">joint review by the U.S. Postal Service OIG and the Department of Labor OIG</a> resulted in regulation of compound drug prescriptions in workers compensation claims, potentially protecting the government from billions of dollars in future fraud. While not all of the audits, inspections, or investigations conducted by the OIGs make headlines, all of their work makes a difference.</p> <p>"Inspectors General have had a profound impact on the U.S. government. Their independent oversight brings to bear incontrovertible improvement in federal programs, and continues to reveal instances of fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct. This year, we will commemorate all that we have accomplished, and look forward to the future of continued stewardship and accountability in the federal government," stated CIGIE Chair Michael Horowitz, who is also the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice.</p> <p>Visit our webpage at <a href="https://www.ignet.gov/content/2018-commemoration" target="_blank">ignet.gov/2018-commemoration</a> to register for the event and view highlights of the IG community and additional press resources.</p> <p>For more information on the work of a specific OIG, please contact the press officer for the individual IG: <a href="https://www.ignet.gov/sites/default/files/files/point-of-contact.pdf" target="_blank">ignet.gov/sites/default/files/files/point-of-contact.pdf</a>.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/unity-of-effort" hreflang="en">Unity of Effort</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Management</a></div> Tue, 08 May 2018 16:21:10 +0000 alan.smith 4534 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Scheme https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/04252018/homeland-security-investigations-special-agent-pleads-guilty-wire <span>Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Scheme</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:10</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-04-25T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, April 25, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5128/download?token=J8B3eB0C" type="application/pdf; length=211627">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(206.67 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>A former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Special Agent pleaded guilty today to devising a wire fraud scheme that defrauded SunTrust Mortgage and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) of over $40,000, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.</p> <p>Shauna Kay N. Sutherland, 37, of Corpus Christi, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. of the Southern District of Florida. </p> <p>According to admissions in the plea agreement, Sutherland defrauded SunTrust Mortgage and Freddie Mac into allowing a short sale of her property in Gainesville, Georgia, to a family friend who acted as a straw purchaser.  Sutherland falsely represented that there were no hidden agreements and requested forgiveness of over $40,000 owed on the mortgage due to her purported financial hardship.  Based on those material representations, SunTrust Mortgage and Freddie Mac accepted the short sale offer, with the family friend “purchasing” the property for approximately $34,000, in exchange for SunTrust Mortgage and Freddie Mac releasing Sutherland from her outstanding debt.  Freddie Mac, which had by then purchased the mortgage, calculated a total loss of more than $42,000 as a result of this transaction. </p> <p>In reality, however, Sutherland admitted that pursuant to the secret agreement with her family friend, Sutherland herself provided the purchase money for the short sale using funds wired to her by her mother.  Sutherland remained the de facto owner of the property, collected rent from tenants and paid for maintenance.  Sutherland adopted the straw purchaser’s identity to communicate by email about the property and signed that person’s signature on relevant documents.  She also used the straw purchaser’s bank account as a conduit for financial transactions related to the property.  Sutherland, through the straw purchaser, later sold the property in 2013 and used the proceeds to buy another property in Florida.</p> <p>Sutherland will be sentenced on June 29 before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. of the Southern District of Florida.  </p> <p>ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the FBI investigated the case with assistance provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility.  Trial Attorneys Luke Cass and Simon J. Cataldo of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/homeland-security-investigations-special-agent-pleads-guilty-wire-fraud-scheme" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/homeland-security-investigations-special-agent-pleads-guilty-wire-fraud-scheme</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">ICE</a></div> </div> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:10:08 +0000 alan.smith 4515 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Camden, New Jersey, Woman Admits Defrauding FEMA after Natural Disasters https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/4424 <span>Camden, New Jersey, Woman Admits Defrauding FEMA after Natural Disasters</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For Information Contact</strong></p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:45</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-03-21T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, March 21, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5099/download?token=jd1n0hvC" type="application/pdf; length=135138">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(131.97 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden woman today admitted defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) in 2014 after Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey in 2012, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.</p> <p>Shanyra Bennett 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to an information charging her with one count of Disaster Benefits Fraud.</p> <p>According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:</p> <p>When a natural disaster or federal emergency occurs in the United States, federal agencies, such as FEMA, provide relief and assistance to effected individuals and entities.  FEMA provides financial assistance by, among other things, helping effected individuals repair their property.</p> <p>Due to FEMA's vast size and the typically large number of victims resulting from a disaster, FEMA is frequently targeted in disaster fraud schemes by individuals or groups seeking benefits to which they are not entitled. They do this by submitting fraudulent applications to FEMA for among other things, repairs and rental assistance.</p> <p>In October 2012, various counties of southern New Jersey, including Camden County, sustained significant damage due to wind, rain, and flooding from Hurricane Sandy.</p> <p>On Oct. 30, 2012, then-President Obama signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of New Jersey, enabling eligible individuals to seek financial assistance from FEMA when displaced by the storms.</p> <p>Bennett admitted today that she applied for FEMA benefits in November 2012, requesting rental assistance, assistance to replace personal property that was damaged and assistance for transportation, as her car was damaged and not drivable.</p> <p>Bennett faxed FEMA documents claiming that she worked as a senior health aide, which required her to travel for work. She sent FEMA a fraudulent letter indicating that she had insurance through Mercury Indemnity Co. of America. At the time of the hurricane, Bennett did not have insurance with Mercury Indemnity. Bennett also submitted fraudulent invoices from a mechanic in Camden.</p> <p>Based on these false representations and fraudulent documents, on Dec. 10, 2012, FEMA electronically transferred $5,162 into Bennett’s bank account to replace her 2004 Dodge Durango, which she falsely reported destroyed by the hurricane.</p> <p>To support her claim for personal property assistance, Bennett faxed FEMA a letter purported to be on the letterhead of her employer, which indicated that she was a Certified Home Health Aid and that her position required a laptop to perform her job. She also faxed FEMA earning statements from a company in Camden for July 2013, August 2013, September 2013 and October 2013. At the time of the hurricane, Bennett was unemployed.</p> <p>As part of the application process for rental assistance, Bennett provided a fraudulent copy of a lease agreement for a house on South 41st Street, Camden, and fraudulent copies of rental receipt payments for June 2013 through November 2013. Bennett neither rented the property nor paid rent for use of the property.</p> <p>Based on Bennett’s false statements and representations, between December 2012 and September 2013, FEMA transferred $22,190 in disaster related funds through electronic fund transfers into Bennett’s bank account.</p> <p>Bennett admitted that she also defrauded FEMA in 2011, when Hurricane Irene struck the area. She admitted that between September 2011 and November 2012, based on her fraudulent claims and representations, she received approximately $30,200 in FEMA disaster related funds.</p> <p>The charge to which Bennett pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Bennett=s sentencing is scheduled for June 27, 2018.</p> <p>U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Mark Tasky, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.</p> <p>The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Richardson of the U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division in Camden in the criminal case.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/camden-new-jersey-woman-admits-defrauding-fema-after-natural-disasters" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/camden-new-jersey-woman-admits-defrauding-fema-after-natural-disasters</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:45:55 +0000 alan.smith 4424 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov United States Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Firearm Parts and Unlawful Possession of Machinegun https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/02282018/united-states-border-patrol-agent-sentenced-prison-theft-firearm <span>United States Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Firearm Parts and Unlawful Possession of Machinegun</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For Information Contact</strong></p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-02-28T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, February 28, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5017/download?token=IFLmxjwT" type="application/pdf; length=177909">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(173.74 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p> TUCSON, Ariz. – Yesterday, Jesus Manuel Franco, a  former United States Border Patrol Agent, 39, of Vail, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson, to 18 months’ imprisonment for theft of firearm parts and equipment valued at approximately $100,000 and for the unlawful possession and transfer of  two machinegun conversion devices.  Franco had been previously found guilty of these offenses after a jury trial.                 </p> <p>     The evidence at trial demonstrated that in 2014, Franco accepted a temporary assignment to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Armory in Harper’s Ferry, W. Va.   During a two-month period, Franco unlawfully transferred 47 boxes of firearm parts and equipment from the Armory to the Wilcox, Ariz. CBP Station without authorization and for personal use.  One of the boxes transferred by Franco contained two machine gun conversion devices that qualified under federal law as machineguns.  Franco also charged the government for shipping costs.</p> <p>     The investigation in this case was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution was handled by Jane L. Westby and Sarah B. Houston, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Tucson.</p> <p> </p> <p>CASE NUMBER:            CR-16-00268-TUC-CKJ</p> <p>RELEASE NUMBER:    2018-19_Franco</p> <p># # #</p> <p> </p> <p>For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, visit <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/">http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-az/pr/united-states-border-patrol-agent-sentenced-prison-theft-firearm-parts-and-unlawful" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-az/pr/united-states-border-patrol-agent-sentenced-prison-theft-firearm-parts-and-unlawful</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:28:19 +0000 alan.smith 4404 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov “Compound King” and Two Others Indicted in Multi-Million Dollar Conspiracy https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/02262018/compound-king-and-two-others-indicted-multi-million-dollar <span>“Compound King” and Two Others Indicted in Multi-Million Dollar Conspiracy</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For Information Contact</strong></p> <p>DOJ</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:49</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-02-26T12:00:00Z">Monday, February 26, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/5000/download?token=EgHmHisQ" type="application/pdf; length=183801">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(179.49 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><h2>Fugitive Sought</h2> <p>HOUSTON – A man and woman from Houston are set to appear in federal court on charges related to health care fraud and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Law enforcement are searching for a third individual also indicted in the case.</p> <p>George Phillip Tompkins, 73, and Marene Kathryn Tompkins, 66, were taken into custody Thursday. They are expected in court for an arraignment and counsel determination hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena H. Palermo at 10:00 a.m. today.</p> <p>Authorities are still seeking a third defendant - Anoop Kumar Chaturvedi, 46, a legal permanent resident from India in connection with the charges. A warrant remains outstanding for his arrest. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG) at 1-888-877-7644.</p> <p>The three are charged in a 17- count indictment that was returned Jan. 24, 2018, and unsealed Feb. 16, with violating the anti-kickback statute, conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to launder money.</p> <p>The Tompkins owned Piney Point Pharmacy on Fondren Road in Houston. The indictment alleges they conspired with Chaturvedi and others to induce the referral of compound gel and cream prescriptions to the pharmacy for dispensing and billing under health benefit programs, including the Federal Employees Compensation Act program (FECA).</p> <p>Beginning around September 2009 and continuing through approximately September 2016, the indictment alleges the trio engaged in health care fraud and wire fraud as well as illegal kickbacks. The pharmacy allegedly billed the Department of Labor (DOL) - who administered the FECA program - at least $23,392,281 for compound gel and cream medications dispensed pursuant to illegitimate prescriptions and the result of kickback payments. The DOL paid approximately $11,663,704 on the fraudulent claims. The indictment lists several dates when compound gels and creams were dispensed to hundreds of patients, ordered by the same physician. Chaturvedi allegedly distributed a standardized prescription order form and directed the number of mediation refills to be ordered. </p> <p>The indictment describes compounding as a practice of compounding and creating medications tailored to individual patient needs. George Tompkins was the pharmacist in charge and allegedly referred to himself as the “Compound King.” Marene Tompkins was identified as the pharmacy Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, while Chaturvedi owned several other businesses in the Houston area, according to the charges.</p> <p>“The indictment obtained today should send a clear message to healthcare providers that the government is vigilant and vigorously protecting federal benefits programs from corruption,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave of USPS-OIG , Southern Area Field Office. “The USPS-OIG, along with our law enforcement partners, will continue to investigate these types of cases in order to protect the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs and USPS from further fraud and abuse.”   </p> <p>If convicted of the money laundering conspiracy, they face up to 20 years in federal prison. Each also faces up to 10 years in prison for convictions of either conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and wire fraud as well as a maximum of five years for conspiracy to pay kickbacks. </p> <p>USPS-OIG, DOL-OIG, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Department of Veterans Affairs – OIG and Department of Homeland Security – OIG conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Redlinger is prosecuting the case.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/compound-king-and-two-others-indicted-multi-million-dollar-conspiracy" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/compound-king-and-two-others-indicted-multi-million-dollar-conspiracy</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:49:04 +0000 alan.smith 4382 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Sentenced To Prison For Accepting Bribes To Dismiss Indictment Against Colombian Narcotics https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/02092018/former-homeland-security-investigations-special-agent-sentenced <span>Former Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Sentenced To Prison For Accepting Bribes To Dismiss Indictment Against Colombian Narcotics</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>CRM<br /> (202) 514-2007<br /> TTY (866) 544-5309</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:41</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-02-09T12:00:00Z">Friday, February 9, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4976/download?token=b01JTFwL" type="application/pdf; length=31177">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(30.45 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span>WASHINGTON – A former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Special Agent was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for orchestrating, through multiple misrepresentations to numerous government agencies, the dismissal of a drug trafficking indictment filed against a fugitive narcotics kingpin, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.<span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>            According to admissions in his plea agreement, Christopher V. Ciccione II, 52, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, accepted cash and other things of value and used his official position to cause a drug trafficking indictment against Colombian national Jose Bayron Piedrahita Ceballos to be dismissed.  Piedrahita and Colombian national Juan Carlos Velasco Cano met with Ciccione in Bogota, Colombia in December 2010, where they provided him with approximately $20,000 in cash, dinner, drinks and prostitutes.  In exchange, Ciccione disclosed the identities of confidential sources cooperating against Velasco three times,  made numerous misrepresentations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and HSI management, and altered law enforcement records to represent to decision makers that Piedrahita was a “former” suspect of a closed investigation, rather than a “current” subject; that Piedrahita was “never positively identified” during that investigation; and that his case should be dismissed because no one could obtain probable cause to “supersede another indictment.”  Ciccone also falsified the concurrence of several other federal agents and attempted to parole Piedrahita into the United States.  <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>“Christopher Ciccione abused his law enforcement authority for personal profit,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.  “His actions not only comprised an ongoing investigation and nearly allowed a dangerous drug kingpin to escape justice, but they also betrayed the public trust placed in him to carry out his sworn duties with integrity.  Today’s sentence demonstrates the hard work of our federal law enforcement partners to bring criminals to justice—no matter who they are.” <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>            Ciccione was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. of the Southern District of Florida.  Velasco was sentenced to 27 months in prison on Jan. 17.  Piedrahita is currently incarcerated in the Republic of Colombia.  <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Piedrahita as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act on May 3, 2016. <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the FBI investigated the case.  The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs and Office of the Judicial Attaché in Colombia and the Drug Enforcement Administration provided valuable assistance to the investigation.  The Colombian Attorney General’s Office also provided invaluable support. Trial Attorneys Luke Cass and Jennifer A. Clarke of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.</span></span></p> <p><span><span> </span></span></p> <p><em><span><span># # #</span></span></em></p> <p><em><span><span> </span></span></em></p> <p><span><span>18-157</span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Source: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">ICE</a></div> </div> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:41:47 +0000 alan.smith 4333 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Supervisory United States Border Patrol Agent Found Guilty of Multiple Firearm Offenses https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/02052018/former-supervisory-united-states-border-patrol-agent-found-guilty <span>Former Supervisory United States Border Patrol Agent Found Guilty of Multiple Firearm Offenses</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><h3>For Information Contact</h3> <p>Assistant U. S. Attorneys Michael G. Wheat (619) 546-8437, Alessandra P. Serano (619) 546-8104, Jennifer E. McCollough (619) 546-8773</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/08/2018 - 09:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-02-05T12:00:00Z">Monday, February 5, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4970/download?token=F097zTsG" type="application/pdf; length=187719">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(183.32 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><strong>Assistant U. S. Attorneys Michael G. Wheat (619) 546-8437, Alessandra P. Serano (619) 546-8104, Jennifer E. McCollough  (619) 546-8773</strong></p> <p><strong>NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – February 2, 2018</strong></p> <p>SAN DIEGO – Martin Rene Duran, a former supervisory United States Border Patrol Agent, was convicted by a federal jury today of seven counts of illegal transportation of firearms and one count of possession of a short-barreled rifle following a three-day trial.</p> <p>According to evidence presented at trial, Duran purchased seven firearms in Arizona in 2011, 2013 and 2014.  Duran made these purchases using an Arizona driver’s license with an address where he never lived and claimed Arizona residency even though he resided in California.  At the time of the execution of a federal search warrant in October 2015, Duran was in possession of multiple firearms that were illegal in California and one short-barreled rifle. </p> <p>Duran is scheduled to appear before Senior U.S. District Judge Marilyn L. Huff on April 30, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. for sentencing.</p> <p>“Federal law enforcement officers are not above the law,” said U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braverman. “All citizens are required to abide by the laws of the United States.”</p> <p>“This decision affirms the efforts the Department of Homeland Security makes to hold its personnel to the highest standard and shows it will not tolerate malfeasance which tarnishes the hard work performed by employees on a daily basis,” said Jeffrey Gilgallon, Special Agent in Charge, ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.</p> <p>“Bringing a case against another federal agent is never pleasant, but we hold public safety and a commitment to justice above all,” said Bill McMullan, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Los Angeles Field Division.  “It is ATF’s mission to quell firearm trafficking and when we see those engaged in illegal firearms activity we act on it.”</p> <p><strong>DEFENDANT                                                           Case Number 15cr2817-H                                        </strong></p> <p>Martin Rene Duran                 Age: 48                       Chula Vista, CA</p> <p><strong>SUMMARY OF CHARGES</strong></p> <p>Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(a)(3) – Illegal Transportation of Firearms: Maximum Penalties: 5 years’ incarceration, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release.</p> <p>Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5861 and 5871 – Possession of Unregistered Firearm: Maximum Penalties: 10 years’ incarceration, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release.</p> <p><strong>AGENCIES</strong></p> <p>Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives</p> <p>Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Office of Professional Responsibility</p> <p>Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General</p> <p>U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Office of Professional Responsibility</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/former-supervisory-united-states-border-patrol-agent-found-guilty-multiple-firearm" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/former-supervisory-united-states-border-patrol-agent-found-guilty-multiple-firearm</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:28:42 +0000 alan.smith 4328 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Boston Police Sergeant Detective Sentenced for Making False Statements and Unlawfully Entering Secure Airport Area https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/01172018/former-boston-police-sergeant-detective-sentenced-making-false <span>Former Boston Police Sergeant Detective Sentenced for Making False Statements and Unlawfully Entering Secure Airport Area </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:05</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-01-17T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, January 17, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4915/download?token=JaUV6pFZ" type="application/pdf; length=134439">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(131.29 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span>BOSTON – A former Boston Police Sergeant Detective was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for repeatedly making false statements so that he could fly armed on personal trips and enable a friend to fly with him without being screened by security personnel at Boston’s Logan International Airport.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Bruce E. Smith, 53, of Randolph, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to one year of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $7,500. In September 2017, Smith agreed to plead guilty to three counts of making false statements to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security and one count of unlawfully entering a secure airport area with intent to evade security requirements. Smith also agreed to resign from the Boston Police Department. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Beginning in 1989, Smith was employed by the Boston Police Department and most recently served as a Sergeant Detective assigned to District E-13, Jamaica Plain, as a district detective supervisor. Between May 2011 and April 2017, Smith flew armed on approximately 28 separate trips departing from Logan Airport even though he was not on official business, which is a violation of federal law. On each of those trips, he falsely claimed that he had obtained supervisor approval for his travel. On at least two of the trips, Smith also escorted or attempted to escort a friend through Logan Airport without security screening. Smith falsely claimed that his friend was a “dignitary” under Smith’s official police escort. When questioned by TSA security personnel as to what type of dignitary his friend was, Smith falsely replied, “I am not at liberty to divulge that information.” In fact, Smith’s friend, who has a criminal record, is not a dignitary, but a mobile clinic operator. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; and Mark Tasky, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Washington Field Office, made the announcement today. The investigation was conducted jointly by BPD’s Anti-Corruption Division and DHS-OIG. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary R. Hafer of Lelling’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case.</span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/former-boston-police-sergeant-detective-sentenced-making-false-statements-and-unlawfully" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/pr/former-boston-police-sergeant-detective-sentenced-making-false-statements-and-unlawfully</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:05:14 +0000 alan.smith 4270 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former CBP Officer Sentenced to Prison for Alien Smuggling https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/01102018/former-cbp-officer-sentenced-prison-alien-smuggling <span>Former CBP Officer Sentenced to Prison for Alien Smuggling</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:03</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-01-10T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, January 10, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4878/download?token=nOL_bNlM" type="application/pdf; length=150716">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(147.18 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span>McALLEN, Texas – A 55-year-old man who formerly resided in Weslaco has been ordered to prison following his conviction of one count of conspiracy to transport aliens within the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer Sabas Salinas pleaded guilty Nov. 1, 2017.<span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez handed Salinas a 24-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, Judge Alvarez noted that Salinas was entrusted with authority from the people - the citizens of the community. She noted that one of his specific job responsibilities was to ensure that individuals who were not authorized to come into the U.S. were prevented from doing so, and he did the exact opposite. Additionally, in spite of his good background, and regardless of whether he was getting paid for his actions, she found his participation in the offense to be corrupt.   <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Salinas had admitted that while on duty at the Progreso Port of Entry, he was going to allow Juana Sifuentes-Villagomez, 48, a lawful permanent resident of Donna, to transport an illegal alien into the U.S.<span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>On Aug. 14, 2017, Sifuentes-Villagomez arrived at the Progreso Port of Entry with Asiano Uresti-Segundo, 46, of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Salinas was attempting to conduct the initial inspection and planned to allow them entry in to the U.S., knowing Uresti-Segundo was an illegal alien and not permitted to do so. However, other CBP officers discovered Uresti-Segundo was a citizen of Mexico who had been previously deported and did not have permission to re-enter the country. Both Sifuentes-Villagomez and Uresti-Segundo were arrested that day. <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>The investigation led to the discovery that Uresti-Segundo was going to pay Sifuentes-Villagomez for smuggling him illegally into the U.S. through a port of entry and transporting him to Donna.<span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Salinas was later arrested for his part in the conspiracy on Sept. 14, 2017.  <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Salinas has been and will remain in federal custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.<span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Sifuentes-Villagomez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport aliens within the United States and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 28, 2018. Uresti-Segundo entered a guilty plea to unlawfully attempting to enter the U.S. after being previously removed and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 11, 2018. They also remain in custody pending those hearings. <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>The Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation with the assistance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and CBP – Office of Field Operations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Linda Requénez prosecuted the case.</span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/former-cbp-officer-sentenced-prison-alien-smuggling" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/former-cbp-officer-sentenced-prison-alien-smuggling</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">CBP</a></div> </div> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:03:13 +0000 alan.smith 4238 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Finds ICE’s Screening Protocol of Aliens Who May Be Known or Suspected Terrorists is Limited and Risks National Security https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/01092018/dhs-oig-finds-ices-screening-protocol-aliens-who-may-be-known-or <span>DHS OIG Finds ICE’s Screening Protocol of Aliens Who May Be Known or Suspected Terrorists is Limited and Risks National Security</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:29</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-01-09T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, January 9, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4875/download?token=_grQXssJ" type="application/pdf; length=101415">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(99.04 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span>A new report by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) finds that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to face significant challenges with its screening of aliens who may have ties to terrorism. Auditors warn ICE may have missed opportunities to identify, apprehend, and adjudicate the status of aliens posing the highest risk to public safety and national security.  <span><span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span>The report, “ICE Faces Challenges to Screen Aliens Who May Be Known or Suspected Terrorists (REDACTED),” concluded that ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) faces significant limitations in implementing its Known or Suspected Terrorist Encounter Protocol (KSTEP). ICE established KSTEP to streamline the screening protocol of all aliens and to coordinate and exchange information with other law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Despite its implementation, the agency’s KSTEP policy fails to require continued screening of the majority of nearly 2.4 million aliens no longer in ICE custody but under ICE supervision. <span> </span></span></p> <p><span>Auditors sampled 40 of 142 ERO case files of detained aliens identified as known or suspected terrorists during fiscal years 2013 through 2015</span><span>. They reviewed the cases to test ERO’s implementation of KSTEP and found instances of noncompliance in all 40 cases. ERO failed to follow procedures from running initial checks to fully documenting its actions. </span><span>DHS OIG attributes some instances of noncompliance to limited program oversight and weak management controls. <span> </span></span></p> <p><span>Furthermore, auditors observed that some ERO offices do not have access to DHS classified networks which are imperative to communicate derogatory information related to known or suspected terrorists. <span>To collect pertinent information on known or suspected terrorists, ERO agents are forced to inconveniently travel to gain access, sometimes hours away. Some ERO field offices do not any access, which limits and can jeopardize custody decisions.  Additionally, some local law enforcement agencies declined to cooperate with ICE, preventing Homeland Security from screening other criminal aliens. From January 2014 through May 2017, auditors determined that approximately 675 jurisdictions nationwide declined to honor more than 29,000 ICE immigration detainers. Released aliens may put the public and ERO personnel at-risk and more resources are required to bring these individuals into ICE custody.<span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span>DHS OIG made four recommendations to help ICE improve its oversight and internal controls including: ICE should expand the KSTEP scope requiring periodic screening of aliens under supervision; ensure all ERO offices have the necessary infrastructure to communicate; institute a resource assessment to allocate resources and determine number of officers needed; and strengthen its quality control program by </span><span>defining clear oversight responsibilities within ERO. </span><span>ICE concurred with all four recommendations.</span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Mitigating and reducing any vulnerability is vital to our nation’s security,” said Acting Inspector General John Kelly. “We are pleased with ICE’s response to heed our findings by initiating the process to implement all recommendations.”</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">ICE</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 21:29:51 +0000 alan.smith 4230 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Treasurer of Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department Pleads Guilty for Embezzlement https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2018/01082018/former-treasurer-teays-valley-volunteer-fire-department-pleads <span>Former Treasurer of Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department Pleads Guilty for Embezzlement</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p><a class="ext extlink" href="https://twitter.com/SDWVnews" target="_blank"><strong>SDWVNews</strong></a><strong>  </strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:44</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2018-01-08T12:00:00Z">Monday, January 8, 2018</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4876/download?token=xfvgy5Eu" type="application/pdf; length=124287">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(121.37 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Hurricane woman pleaded guilty today for embezzling over $75,000 from the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department, announced United States Attorney Carol Casto. Kathy Sue Gwinn, 52, entered her guilty plea to theft from a program receiving federal funds.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gwinn formerly served as the Treasurer of the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department. As Treasurer, she generated payroll checks for firefighters and signed the payroll checks on a fire department bank account. Gwinn admitted that she volunteered for the fire department, and had no authority to write herself checks, nor was she entitled to wages, salary, or compensation for her role as Treasurer. She further admitted that beginning in October 2014, and continuing through March 2017, she printed and wrote herself unauthorized checks from the fire department’s payroll account, noting on the memo line of the checks that the checks were for payroll, overtime, or tax preparation. She admitted that she moved money from one fire department bank account into the bank account primarily used for payroll, and when she transferred those funds, she inflated the amount of the transfer to include enough to cover the unauthorized checks she planned to write to herself. Over the course of her scheme, she embezzled $75,356.70. As part of her plea agreement, Gwinn has agreed to pay this amount in restitution.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>During the period Gwinn embezzled funds, the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department received grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. These grants allowed the fire department to pay firefighters and to purchase and maintain equipment.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gwinn faces up to 10 years in federal prison when she is sentenced on April 9, 2018.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the West Virginia Commission on Special Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Meredith George Thomas is in charge of the prosecution. The plea hearing was held before United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/former-treasurer-teays-valley-volunteer-fire-department-pleads-guilty-embezzlement" target="_blank" title="Justice.gov">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdwv/pr/former-treasurer-teays-valley-volunteer-fire-department-pleads-guilty-embezzlement</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:44:33 +0000 alan.smith 4234 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Inspection Cites Concerns with Detainee Treatment and Care https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/12142017/dhs-oig-inspection-cites-concerns-detainee-treatment-and-care <span>DHS OIG Inspection Cites Concerns with Detainee Treatment and Care</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:27</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-12-14T12:00:00Z">Thursday, December 14, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4839/download?token=Ytm1Zs8u" type="application/pdf; length=114549">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(111.86 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span>A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites concerns about the treatment and care of detainees by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). The report is based on recent unannounced OIG inspections of five ICE detention facilities. Concerns requiring immediate attention at the Theo Lacy facility in Orange, California, were </span></span><a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/Mga/2017/oig-mga-030617.pdf" target="_blank"><span><span>previously reported</span></span></a><span><span> by the OIG in March 2017. <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>In their report, “Concerns about ICE Detainee Treatment and Care at Detention Facilities,” OIG inspectors documented a number of concerns. While not every problem was present at each facility, the inspections revealed issues at four facilities, beginning with the intake process. Detainees should be housed with others of similar background and criminal history; however, facility staff misclassified some detainees with high-risk criminal convictions and housed them with low-risk detainees. One facility did not adequately staff personnel to ensure thorough intake pat downs of detainees. At another facility, personnel conducted strip searches of all incoming detainees, but failed to document them, leaving no way to ascertain whether the searches were justified based on reasonable suspicion. Despite having translation services available by phone, staff and detainees experienced language barriers which created confusion and risked elevating resolvable concerns into disciplinary issues.  <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Additionally, detainees reported that staff obstructed or delayed their grievances or intimidated them, through fear of retaliation, into not complaining. Detainees should have access to telephones and be allowed to make free calls to the DHS OIG. Furthermore, inspectors observed non-working phones in one facility, and in another access the OIG Hotline number was restricted. The inspectors also reported concerns about a lack of professionalism and inappropriate treatment of detainees, and of facility staff misusing segregation. One detainee reported being locked down for multiple days for sharing coffee with another detainee. <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>Detainees further reported long waits for provision of medical care, poor conditions in bathrooms and insufficient hygiene supplies. OIG inspectors also observed expired, moldy, and spoiled foods in the kitchen in four facilities.   <span><span> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span>The ICE detention facilities were selected for inspections based on OIG hotline complaints, reports from non-governmental organizations, and media reporting.  </span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“ICE has a challenging and highly visible role in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws,” said Acting Inspector General John Kelly. “Just as important is ICE’s role in detaining and housing the undocumented persons it apprehends. Treatment of detainees in ICE facilities should be humane, adhere to all regulations and be above reproach.”</span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">ICE</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:27:33 +0000 alan.smith 4185 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Federal Agent Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Dismiss Indictment Against Colombian Narcotics Kingpin https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/11302017/former-federal-agent-pleads-guilty-accepting-bribes-dismiss <span>Former Federal Agent Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribes to Dismiss Indictment Against Colombian Narcotics Kingpin</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:26</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-11-30T12:00:00Z">Thursday, November 30, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4781/download?token=9nNARv1I" type="application/pdf; length=145692">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(142.28 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span><span><span>A former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) Special Agent pleaded guilty today to accepting bribes in exchange for securing the dismissal of a drug trafficking indictment filed against a Colombian cocaine trafficker, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>According to admissions in his plea agreement, Christopher V. Ciccione II, 52, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, accepted cash and other things of value and used his official position to cause a drug trafficking indictment against </span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Colombian national</span></span> <span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Jose Bayron </span></span><span><span>Piedrahita </span></span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Ceballos</span></span> <span><span>to be dismissed and to obtain official authorization for Piedrahita and his family to enter the United States.  </span></span><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/999442/download"><span><span>Piedrahita</span></span></a><span><span> and Colombian national Juan Carlos Velasco Cano, 49, gave Ciccione approximately $20,000 in cash, as well as dinner, drinks and prostitution during an extended hotel stay in Bogota, Colombia, in exchange for official acts that resulted in the dismissal of the indictment against Piedrahita.  Velasco, who previously </span></span><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/colombian-national-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-bribe-federal-agent-dismiss-indictment-against" target="_blank" title="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/colombian-national-pleads-guilty-conspiracy-bribe-federal-agent-dismiss-indictment-against"><span><span>pleaded guilty</span></span></a><span><span>, served as the intermediary between Ciccione and Piedrahita.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Ciccione admitted that in furtherance of this scheme to obstruct justice, he misled the U.S. Attorney’s Office and HSI management and altered law enforcement records to represent to decision makers that Piedrahita was a “former” suspect of a closed investigation, rather than a “current” subject, who was “never positively identified” and that his case should be dismissed— all while maintaining contact with Piedrahita.  Ciccone also falsified the concurrence of several other federal agents and attempted to parole Piedrahita into the United States. <span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Ciccione will be sentenced on Feb. 9, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. of the Southern District of Florida.  Piedrahita is currently incarcerated in the Republic of Colombia.  </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Piedrahita as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act on May 3, 2016. <span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the FBI investigated the case.  The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, the Office of the Judicial Attaché in Colombia and the Drug Enforcement Administration provided valuable assistance to the investigation.  The Colombian Attorney General’s Office also provided invaluable support.  Trial Attorneys Luke Cass and Jennifer A. Clarke of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.</span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-federal-agent-pleads-guilty-accepting-bribes-dismiss-indictment-against-colombian" target="_blank">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-federal-agent-pleads-guilty-accepting-bribes-dismiss-indictment-against-colombian</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 18:26:30 +0000 alan.smith 4134 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Completes Its Review of Implementation of the Travel Ban; Awaits Decision by DHS Regarding Whether It Will Invoke Privilege https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/11212017/dhs-oig-completes-its-review-implementation-travel-ban-awaits <span>DHS OIG Completes Its Review of Implementation of the Travel Ban; Awaits Decision by DHS Regarding Whether It Will Invoke Privilege</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:32</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-11-21T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, November 21, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4709/download?token=2Agt2rpj" type="application/pdf; length=2945856">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(2.81 MB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>Early this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated a review of DHS’ implementation of Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” regarding the travel into the United States of individuals from seven countries.</p> <p>The DHS OIG delivered its final report to DHS on Friday, October 6, 2017, in order for the Department to undertake a sensitivity review, a regular OIG practice. As of November 20, DHS leadership has not yet made a final determination regarding whether it will invoke the attorney-client privilege or deliberative process privilege over portions of the report, which would prevent release of significant portions to the Congress and the public. DHS informed the OIG on November 20 that it has asked the Department of Justice to undertake a privilege review of the report.</p> <p>The OIG provided the attached update to multiple Senators and Representatives who requested that it undertake this review. The update also includes a summary of the conclusions of the DHS OIG’s comprehensive review.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">MGMT</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:32:58 +0000 alan.smith 4023 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Finds that the Coast Guard’s IT Investments Risk Costly Failure Without Required Oversight https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/11202017/dhs-oig-finds-coast-guards-it-investments-risk-costly-failure <span>DHS OIG Finds that the Coast Guard’s IT Investments Risk Costly Failure Without Required Oversight</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For Information Contact</strong></p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/20/2017 - 13:08</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-11-20T12:00:00Z">Monday, November 20, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4663/download?token=VMbT09_G" type="application/pdf; length=162991">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(159.17 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>According to a new Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report, the United States Coast Guard’s (Coast Guard) information technology (IT) investments lack required oversight. OIG analysts caution that weak controls and scarce oversight risk wasteful spending, missed milestones, and underachieving performance.</p> <p>The report, “Coast Guard IT Investments Risk Failure Without Required Oversight,” focused on IT acquisition programs that cost less than $300 million, also referred to as non-major IT investments. The report depicts a muddled acquisition review culture which results in troubling practices, specifically: limited coordination among the Coast Guard directorates; insufficient internal controls to ensure non-major IT acquisitions are not overlooked; unreliable IT investment information; and insufficient guidance to properly identify and designate non-major IT acquisition investments.</p> <p>The concern is compounded given that between fiscal years 2014 and 2016, the Coast Guard approved $1.8 billion of IT procurements, and it does not know if nearly 400 information systems are receiving proper acquisition oversight.  The Coast Guard faced similar challenges in the past. In 2015, OIG auditors found the Coast Guard spent nearly $68 million to unsuccessfully modernize its electronic health records systems.</p> <p>OIG recommends the Deputy Commandant Mission Support conduct a comprehensive analysis of its acquisition and IT review processes; evaluate current IT investments to identify non-major acquisitions; ensure the authorizing directorates maintain an updated IT investment management system; and review IT acquisition and IT guidance.  Implementing the recommendations will allow the Coast Guard to leverage information that will assist its identification and designation process for non-major IT acquisition programs. The Coast Guard concurred with all four recommendations and has made corrective action plans.</p> <p>“Adequate acquisition oversight is vital if the Coast Guard intends to safeguard its resources and taxpayer dollars,” said Inspector General John Roth.  “We are pleased that the Coast Guard has already taken positive initial steps and look forward to additional improvements.”</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7" hreflang="en">USCG</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Management</a></div> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:08:28 +0000 alan.smith 4005 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Issues Warning to FEMA Regarding Duplicate Public Assistance Funding https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/11172017/dhs-oig-issues-warning-fema-regarding-duplicate-public-assistance <span>DHS OIG Issues Warning to FEMA Regarding Duplicate Public Assistance Funding</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:47</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-11-17T12:00:00Z">Friday, November 17, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4660/download?token=clNosm3Z" type="application/pdf; length=118606">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(115.83 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span>Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued an alert to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding the potential challenges the agency faces in providing duplicate Public Assistance grant funds to state, territorial, tribal and local governments for facilities that may have sustained damages from back-to-back disasters.</span></p> <p><span><span>The after-effects of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria resulted in multiple disaster declarations and billions of dollars in damages to areas within several Gulf Coast and Southeast states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. DHS OIG noted many of the same designated disaster areas in previous disaster incidents during 2016 and early 2017. During its review, the OIG found a total of 13 major disaster declarations for areas in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Texas that overlapped some of the same areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As of November 2017, FEMA has obligated an estimated $310.3 million of Public Assistance funding to cover permanent repair or replacement costs to facilities damaged under the 13 previous disaster declarations.  </span></span></p> <p><span>Because of the relatively short period of time between events, various facilities damaged by the earlier incidents may have also sustained damage under Hurricanes Harvey or Irma before repairs to the facilities had been completed. DHS OIG alerted FEMA that its Public Assistance staff will need to carefully evaluate the scope of repair work authorized and the status of such repairs to avoid approving duplicate or ineligible funding.  </span></p> <p><span><span>The OIG made no recommendations to FEMA in its report but emphasized the need for </span><span>F</span><span>EMA make certain that it has effective controls in place to minimize the risk of funding duplicate or ineligible repair costs of facilities damaged by back-to-back incidents. In the wake of the recent hurricanes, OIG will continue to issue reports and alerts to assist FEMA in ensuring that every dollar spent on disaster assistance is within federal regulations and FEMA policy.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“While FEMA should grant disaster assistance funds as quickly as possible to get the individuals in the affected areas back on their feet, the agency must also ensure that it has effective controls to minimize the risk of paying for duplicate or ineligible repairs,” said Inspector General John Roth.</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-preparedness" hreflang="en">Disaster Preparedness</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:47:51 +0000 alan.smith 4002 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Cites CBP for Misuse of Summons Power https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/11162017/dhs-oig-cites-cbp-misuse-summons-power <span>DHS OIG Cites CBP for Misuse of Summons Power</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For Information Contact</p> <p>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:01</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-11-16T12:00:00Z">Thursday, November 16, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4675/download?token=e06qoUd2" type="application/pdf; length=69569">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(67.94 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>A new management alert from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Special Reviews Group (SRG) determined that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lacked clear guidance on the use of its examination and summons authority under 19 U.S.C. § 1509, resulting in inconsistent and, occasionally, improper uses of such summonses to obtain records. CBP was found to have violated its own policy on the use of the summons on numerous occasions. </p> <p>The review of CBP’s policies and practices relating to Section 1509 summonses arose from an OIG investigation of a CBP summons issued to Twitter, Inc. in March 2017 requesting all records concerning the Twitter account @ALT_USCIS. Twitter responded by filing a complaint against CBP in federal court claiming the summons exceeded the scope of the agency’s authority and accusing CBP of attempting to “unmask” the @ALT_USCIS anonymous speaker and infringing upon his or her First Amendment rights. CBP quickly withdrew the summons and Twitter dismissed its complaint.</p> <p>The summons authority under Section 1509 is limited specifically to the collection and examination of records related to the importation of merchandise, including the assessment of customs duties. In the course of its review, SRG found numerous cases of Section 1509 summonses issued outside of this context. Based on data provided by CBP, between January 2015 and May 2017, CBP violated its own policy on the use of Section 1509 summonses at least 1 out of every 5 times.</p> <p>DHS OIG made three recommendations to CBP aimed at ensuring CBP personnel are informed and trained on the use of Section 1509 summonses, and that such summonses are being used properly within the agency. CBP concurred with these recommendations and has taken, and continues to take, corrective actions to address the issues raised in the alert. </p> <p>The alert is the first report by the SRG, a new DHS OIG initiative. The SRG is a multidisciplinary group of OIG employees that blends the skills of attorneys, investigators, and program analysts to conduct sensitive reviews and special investigations across DHS.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">CBP</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Management</a></div> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:01:11 +0000 alan.smith 4018 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Last Defendant in the United States Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/11132017/last-defendant-united-states-pleads-guilty-multimillion-dollar <span>Last Defendant in the United States Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/14/2017 - 13:36</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-11-13T12:00:00Z">Monday, November 13, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4633/download?token=z_G3PfiN" type="application/pdf; length=219823">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(214.67 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><strong>All 24 Defendants in the United States Have Pleaded Guilty; 61 Charged in Total</strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>An Illinois man pleaded guilty today to money laundering conspiracy, joining six other defendants who recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for their roles in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme perpetrated by a network of India-based call centers responsible for defrauding U.S. residents of hundreds of millions of dollars.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas, Acting Deputy Director Peter T. Edge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Inspector General J. Russell George of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Inspector General John Roth of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) made the announcement.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Miteshkumar Patel, 42, most recently residing in Willowbrook, Illinois; Sunny Joshi, 47, of Sugar Land, Texas; Jagdishkumar Chaudhari, 39, of Montgomery, Alabama; and Rajesh Bhatt, 53, of Sugar Land, each pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy.  Raman Patel, 82, of Gilbert, Arizona; Praful Patel, 50, of Fort Myers, Florida; and Jerry Norris, 47, of Oakland, California, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering offenses.  The pleas were entered before U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas between Sept. 22 and Nov. 13, except for Raman Patel’s plea, which was entered before U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Burns in the District of Arizona on Nov. 6.  Six of the men have been in federal custody since their arrests in October 2016 and will remain detained until their pending sentencing dates.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>According to admissions made in connection with their pleas, Miteshkumar Patel, Raman Patel, Joshi, Jagdishkumar Chaudhari, Bhatt, Praful Patel, Norris and their co-conspirators perpetrated a complex scheme in which individuals from call centers located in Ahmedabad, India, impersonated officials from the IRS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and engaged in other telephone call scams, in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the United States.  Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call center operators targeted U.S. victims who were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay alleged monies owed to the government.  Victims who agreed to pay the scammers were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing general purpose reloadable (GPR) cards or wiring money.  Upon payment, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of “runners” based in the United States to liquidate and launder the fraudulently obtained funds.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Based on admissions in Miteshkumar Patel’s plea, beginning in or around 2013, Miteshkumar Patel managed a crew of a half dozen domestic runners involved in the criminal scheme, liquidating as much as approximately $25 million in victim funds for conspirators from India-based call center and organizational co-defendant HGLOBAL.  Patel communicated about the fraudulent scheme with various domestic and India-based co-defendants via email, text messaging and WhatsApp messaging.  Miteshkumar Patel and his runners purchased reloadable GPR cards that were registered using the misappropriated personal identifying information (PII) of unsuspecting victims that were later used to receive victims’ funds, and used those reloadable cards containing victims’ funds to purchase money orders and then deposit those money orders into bank accounts, as directed, while keeping a portion of the scam proceeds as profit.  Miteshkumar Patel also trained the runners he managed on how to conduct the liquidation scheme, provided them with vehicles to conduct their activities in Illinois and throughout the country, and directed a co-defendant to open bank accounts and limited liability companies for use in the conspiracy.  Miteshkumar Patel further admitted to using a gas station he owned in Racine, Wisconsin to liquidate victim funds, and possessing and using equipment at his Illinois apartment to make fraudulent identification documents used by co-defendant runners in his crew to receive wire transfers directly from scam victims and make bank deposits in furtherance of the conspiracy.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>According to admissions in Raman Patel’s guilty plea, from in or around 2014, Patel served as a domestic runner in and around south-central Arizona, liquidating victim scam funds per the instructions of a co-defendant.  Patel also served as a driver for two co-defendants in furtherance of their GPR liquidation and related activities and sent bank deposit receipts related to the processing of victim payments and fraud proceeds to an India-based co-defendant via email and document scan services offered at various retail stores.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Based on admissions in Joshi and Bhatt’s guilty pleas, beginning in or around 2012, Joshi and Bhatt worked together as runners in the Houston, Texas area along with a co-defendant.  They admitted to extensively communicating via email and text with, and operating at the direction of, India-based conspirators from organizational co-defendant CALL MANTRA call center to liquidate up to approximately $9.5 million in victim funds, including by purchasing GPR cards and using those cards, funded by co-conspirators with scam victim funds, to purchase money orders and deposit them in third party bank accounts, while keeping a percentage of the scam proceeds for themselves as profit.  Joshi has also agreed to plead guilty to one count of naturalization fraud pursuant to a federal indictment obtained against him in the Eastern District of Louisiana, based on fraudulently obtaining his U.S. citizenship.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Jagdishkumar Chaudhari admitted in his plea that between April 2014 and June 2015, he worked as a member of a crew of runners operating in the Chicago area and elsewhere throughout the country, at the direction of Miteshkumar Patel and others.  In exchange for monthly cash payments, Jagdishkumar Chaudhari admitted to driving to hundreds of retail stores to purchase GPR cards to be loaded with victim funds by co-conspirators in India, purchasing money orders with GPR cards that had been funded with victim proceeds, depositing money orders purchased using victim scam proceeds at various banks, and retrieving wire transfers sent by victims of the scheme.  Jagdishkumar Chaudhari is an Indian national with no legal status in the United States, and has agreed to deportation after he serves his sentence as a condition of his guilty plea.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In his plea, Praful Patel admitted that between in or around June 2013 and December 2015, he was a domestic runner who liquidated funds in and around Fort Myers, Florida for conspirators from India-based call center and organizational co-defendant HGLOBAL.  Praful Patel communicated extensively via WhatsApp texts with his conspirators.  For a percentage commission on transactions he conducted, Praful Patel admitted to purchasing reloadable GPR cards that were registered using the misappropriated PII of unsuspecting victims that were later used to receive victims’ funds, using those reloadable GPR cards containing victims’ funds to purchase money orders and depositing those money orders into bank accounts as directed, and using fake identity documents to receive wire transfers from victims.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>According to Norris’ guilty plea, beginning in or around January 2013 continuing through December 2014, he was a runner who worked with conspirators associated with India-based call center and organizational co-defendant HGLOBAL, and was responsible for the liquidation of victim scam funds in and around California.  Norris admitted he communicated extensively via WhatsApp and email with India-based co-defendants including Sagar “Shaggy” Thakar, purchased GPR cards used in the scheme, sent lead lists to conspirators in India that were then used by callers located in the call centers to target potential victims in the telefraud scheme, received scam proceeds via wire transfers using fictitious names, and laundered scam proceeds from GPR cards via ATM withdrawals.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>To date, Miteshkumar Patel, Raman Patel, Joshi, Jagdishkumar Chaudhari, Bhatt, Praful Patel, Norris, 49 other individuals and five India-based call centers have been charged for their roles in the fraud and money laundering scheme in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas on Oct. 19, 2016.  Including the pleas announced today, a total of 24 defendants have pleaded guilty thus far in relation to this investigation.  Defendants Bharatkumar Patel, Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, Harsh Patel, Nilam Parikh, Hardik Patel, Rajubhai Patel, Viraj Patel, Dilipkumar A. Patel, Fahad Ali, Bhavesh Patel, Asmitaben Patel, Montu Barot, Nilesh Pandya, Dipakkumar Patel, Nisarg Patel, Rajesh Kumar, and Dilipkumar Ramanlal Patel previously pleaded guilty on various dates between April and September 2017.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Miteshkumar Patel is scheduled to be sentenced on March 7, 2018.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The remaining defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>ICE – Homeland Security Investigations, DHS-OIG and TIGTA led the investigation of this case.  Also providing significant support were: the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs; Ft. Bend County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; police departments in Hoffman Estates and Naperville, Illinois, and Leonia, New Jersey; San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Family Protection and Elder Abuse Unit; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General; IOC-2; INTERPOL Washington; USCIS; U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service; and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the Middle District of Alabama, Northern District of Alabama, District of Arizona, Central District of California, Northern District of California, District of Colorado, Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, District of Nevada and District of New Jersey.  The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau also provided assistance in TIGTA’s investigation.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Senior Trial Attorney Michael Sheckels and Trial Attorney Mona Sahaf of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP), Trial Attorney Amanda Wick of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Mark McIntyre and Craig M. Feazel of the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting this case.  HRSP’s Ann Marie Ursini and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Kennedy of the Eastern District of Louisiana prosecuted the naturalization fraud case against Joshi.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>A </span></span><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/victim-witness-program/us-v-hglobal" target="_blank"><span><span><span>Department of Justice website</span></span></span></a><span><span> has been established to provide information about the case to already identified and potential victims and the public.  Anyone who believes they may be a victim of fraud or identity theft in relation to this investigation or other telefraud scam phone calls may contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via this </span></span><a href="https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/" target="_blank"><span><span><span>website</span></span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Anyone who wants additional information about telefraud scams generally, or preventing identity theft or fraudulent use of their identity information, may obtain helpful information on the IRS tax scams </span></span><a href="https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts" target="_blank"><span><span><span>website</span></span></span></a><span><span>, the FTC phone scam </span></span><a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams" target="_blank"><span><span><span>website</span></span></span></a><span><span> and the FTC identity theft </span></span><a href="http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft" target="_blank"><span><span><span>website</span></span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/last-defendant-united-states-pleads-guilty-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center-scam" target="_blank">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/last-defendant-united-states-pleads-guilty-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center-scam</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:36:00 +0000 alan.smith 3984 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Can Improve Cyber Threat Information Sharing https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/11062017/dhs-can-improve-cyber-threat-information-sharing <span>DHS Can Improve Cyber Threat Information Sharing </span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:31</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-11-06T12:00:00Z">Monday, November 6, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4618/download?token=ImKMg3cu" type="application/pdf; length=88593">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(86.52 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>In a newly released report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that while DHS has established a process for sharing cyber threat information between the Federal government and the private sector, improvements are still needed. </p> <p>DHS has developed the capability to share cyber threat information and defensive measures among Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; the private sector; information sharing analysis centers and organizations; and foreign government companies. DHS has also properly classified cyber threat indicators and defensive measures and accounted for the security clearances of private sector recipients who receive such information. </p> <p>Despite this progress, DHS still faces challenges to effectively share cyber threat information across Federal and private sector entities. DHS’ system is focused on volume, velocity, and timeliness of information but does not provide the quality, contextual data needed to effectively defend against ever-evolving threats. Because the system is automated with pre-determined data fields, it may not always provide adequate information regarding specific incidents, tactics, techniques, and procedures that unauthorized users used to exploit software vulnerabilities. Given these limitations, Federal and private sector partners sometimes rely on other systems or participate in other DHS information sharing programs to obtain quality cyber threat data. Moreover, the unclassified and classified databases and repositories are not integrated, restricting analysts’ ability to compile complete situational awareness of potential threats. Finally, DHS should also enhance its outreach to increase participation and improve information sharing.</p> <p>We made five recommendations for the National Protection Programs Directorate to improve its information sharing capability. “DHS needs to ensure that cyber threat information sharing between federal and private partners is effective,” said Inspector General John Roth. “The improvements we are recommending today should increase participation and enhance DHS’ ability to analyze, coordinate, and share cyber threat information.”</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">MGMT</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/12" hreflang="en">Cybersecurity</a></div> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:31:08 +0000 alan.smith 3959 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Still Struggling for a Unified Approach Regarding Immigration https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/11012017/dhs-still-struggling-unified-approach-regarding-immigration <span>DHS Still Struggling for a Unified Approach Regarding Immigration</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:02</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-11-01T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, November 1, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4595/download?token=vdRMO9Fj" type="application/pdf; length=86431">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(84.41 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span>In a new report released today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) explained that almost 15 years after the creation of DHS, its component agencies still face challenges taking a unified approach to immigration enforcement and administration activities. Although DHS has established a unity of effort initiative to break silos and centralize decision making, problems remain.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,</span> <span>U.S. Customs and Border Protection</span><span><span>, and </span></span><span>U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services</span><span><span> continue to face inefficiencies </span></span><span><span>regarding </span></span><span>mission allocation and expenditure comparisons, the affirmative asylum application process, and the Department’s struggle to understand immigration outcomes and decisions. The audit <span>also revealed component coordination difficulties pertaining to the availability of bed space, language services, and processing aliens. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The challenges exist because DHS did not have a designated Department-level official or group to strategically address overarching immigration issues and foster coordination and cooperation. The OIG audit recommends that DHS establish such a group; the Department agreed and has begun implementing the recommendation. </span></span><span>DHS will seek to charter a senior level cross­-component Immigration Policy Council. The new Council will provide an institutionalized structure for Department-wide strategic planning related to immigration policy and operations. At a minimum, the Council will –</span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>foster better awareness of roles and responsibilities;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>facilitate better coordination and communication among the involved components and guide current cross-component immigration initiatives;</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>ensure components collect and report data for immigration activity and analyze the information to make decisions and reduce inefficiencies; and</span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span>serve as mediators for conflicts regarding mission accomplishment and overarching legal, policy, and other issues. </span></span></span></li> </ul></div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">MGMT</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:02:47 +0000 alan.smith 3941 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Still Challenged in Safeguarding Weapons, Badges, and other Sensitive Assets https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/10312017/dhs-still-challenged-safeguarding-weapons-badges-and-other <span>DHS Still Challenged in Safeguarding Weapons, Badges, and other Sensitive Assets</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:51</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-10-31T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, October 31, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4580/download?token=eKCwFpCd" type="application/pdf; length=98808">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(96.49 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>A new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), reveals that the nation’s largest law enforcement agency continues to face challenges in safeguarding its most sensitive assets, including firearms and badges issued to employees.<br />  <br /> The new report, “DHS’ Controls over Firearms and Other Assets,” found that despite the controls the Department implemented following a 2010 OIG audit, between 2014 and 2016 Department personnel lost a total of 2,142 highly sensitive assets — 228 firearms; 1,889 badges; and 25 secure immigration stamps. Typically, assets were lost or stolen from vehicles, residences and public locations. In more than half of the cases OIG auditors reviewed, the sensitive equipment was lost due to poor safeguarding practices on the part of officers who disregarded policy or used poor judgment. DHS agencies did not consistently hold these officers accountable and none of them received remedial training for failing to safeguard the equipment. Moreover, of the cases auditors reviewed, police recovered three firearms and one badge from convicted felons.<br />  <br /> OIG conducted 21 site visits in five states and found that DHS components did not always keep accurate property records and that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has no official inventory system to track secure immigration stamps and security ink. DHS OIG made six recommendations encouraging DHS to strengthen component compliance in safeguarding assets, retrain custodians and personnel in providing timely updates inventory records, ensure that CBP tracks secure immigration stamps, and enforce Departmental oversight to ensure agencies are complying with all relevant policies.</p> <p>OIG further recommended that DHS agencies stop issuing badges to non-law enforcement personnel. More than 135,000 of these badges have been issued at a considerable cost to taxpayers; as of July 2017, the Department spent approximately $6 million. Because DHS agencies lost eight times as many badges as firearms, discontinuing the use of these badges could potentially save millions while also reducing unnecessary risk.</p> <p>“DHS agencies must do a better job of securing firearms, badges, and other crucial assets,” said Inspector General John Roth. “In the wrong hands, these assets pose a clear danger to the public and can facilitate fraud against DHS programs and the people they are designed to serve.”</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">MGMT</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Management</a></div> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:51:21 +0000 alan.smith 3915 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Employees Awarded Top Honor Two Years in A Row https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/10192017/dhs-oig-employees-awarded-top-honor-two-years-row <span>DHS OIG Employees Awarded Top Honor Two Years in A Row </span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/139" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tanya.alridge</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:42</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-10-19T12:00:00Z">Thursday, October 19, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4549/download?token=PjewhBM5" type="application/pdf; length=155461">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(151.82 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>For the second year in a row, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) employees were awarded top honors for their outstanding achievements at the annual awards ceremony held by the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE). </p> <p>This year, DHS OIG earned CIGIE’s highest honor – the Alexander Hamilton Award. This award, given to only one agency, was awarded in recognition of exemplary service and commendable achievement to the team responsible for OIG report, “Better Safeguards Are Needed in USCIS Green Card Issuance,” published in November 2016.</p> <p>The team audited U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) electronic processing, issuance, and delivery of Green Cards, the documentation that grants foreign nationals approval to reside and seek employment in the United States. The team disclosed that from 2013 to 2016, USCIS issued nearly 20,000 Green Cards in duplicate or with incorrect information, primarily due to design and functionality problems of its Electronic Information System for processing immigrant benefits. For the same time period, USCIS received over 200,000 reports from approved applicants about missing cards. Collectively, these deficiencies posed national security risks, denied benefits for approved applicants, and increased workload and costs for the agency.</p> <p>Along with the Alexander Hamilton Award, CIGIE also recognized other DHS OIG work with awards including: “Transportation Security Administration Needs a Crosscutting Risk-Based Security Strategy,” “Review of Domestic Sharing of Counterterrorism Information,” and an investigation of fraud in FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant Program.  Two OIG employees were also part of the team that was awarded the Barry R. Snyder Joint Award for CIGIE’s efforts in leadership development.</p> <p>DHS OIG was also recognized by the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community (IC IG) as part of this year’s National Intelligence Professional Awards Program. OIG employee Angela Garvin received the Leadership Award, and was the only individual to receive it. This award is presented to the person whose contributions most ensured efficiency and effectiveness of national security or IC programs and activities, promoted greater accountability, or furthered the OIG mission of detecting and deterring waste, fraud, and abuse. DHS OIG also received the IC IG Collaboration Award for its work with the Department of Justice OIG and the IC IG on the joint report, “Review of Domestic Sharing of Counterterrorism Information.”</p> <p>“I am immensely proud that DHS OIG audit teams have received CIGIE’s most prestigious award two years in a row,” said Inspector General John Roth.  “These awards highlight the wide-ranging and impactful work undertaken by DHS OIG employees on behalf of the American public and serve as a reminder of the positive change their work can have on DHS programs and operations.”</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:42:01 +0000 tanya.alridge 3711 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Audit Determines FEMA Lacked Control over Mississippi’s Coastal Retrofit Program https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/10132017/dhs-oig-audit-determines-fema-lacked-control-over-mississippis <span>DHS OIG Audit Determines FEMA Lacked Control over Mississippi’s Coastal Retrofit Program</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:25</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-10-13T12:00:00Z">Friday, October 13, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4527/download?token=lxnmxBgl" type="application/pdf; length=97339">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(95.06 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span><span>A new report from the<strong> </strong>Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General (OIG) cites the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with mismanagement and lax oversight of $29.9 million in hazard mitigation grant funds awarded to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for the state’s Coastal Retrofit Program. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In the report, “Hazard Mitigation Grant Funds Awarded to MEMA for the Mississippi Coastal Retrofit Program,” OIG auditors determined FEMA did not effectively oversee its grantee and consequently failed to ensure MEMA complied with Federal regulations. The result was misuse of disaster relief funds designated to help 2,000 Mississippi homeowners to strengthen their homes against wind damage in future disasters. Specifically, MEMA failed to: </span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span>Complete the scope of work, retrofitting only 886 of the 2,000 homes in the proposed scope of the program;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Disclose, a timely manner, a drawdown of FEMA funds totaling $3.7million; and </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Disallow excessive markup on prime contractor invoices. </span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span><span><span>This is the second, and final OIG report of MEMA’s misuse of Hazard Mitigation grant funds. It was conducted after OIG received complaints of irregularities from persons within the program. In August 2016, OIG issued a management advisory (</span></span></span><a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/GrantReports/2016/OIG-16-115-D-Aug16.pdf"><span><span>OIG 16-115-D</span></span></a><span><span><span>), recommending that FEMA suspend all grant payments for the $29.9 million program until Mississippi properly account for the funds. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The audit scope spans more than a decade, August 29, 2005 through October 26, 2015. FEMA agreed with most of the OIG’s recommendations and MEMA has taken positive steps toward making the state’s coastal retrofit program transparent and efficient. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“This program fell far short of its goal of aiding Mississippi 2,000 homeowners due to mismanagement,” said Inspector General John Roth. “While I am pleased that FEMA and MEMA have both taken positive steps to improve the retrofit effort, I am disappointed at their lack of oversight of disaster relief funds.”</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:25:19 +0000 alan.smith 3683 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov CIGIE Launches Oversight.gov: IGs Found More Than $25 Billion in Potential Cost Savings in FY 2017, New Website Shows https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/10022017/cigie-launches-oversightgov-igs-found-more-25-billion-potential <span>CIGIE Launches Oversight.gov: IGs Found More Than $25 Billion in Potential Cost Savings in FY 2017, New Website Shows</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:20</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-10-02T12:00:00Z">Monday, October 2, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4455/download?token=GIdiPtbX" type="application/pdf; length=472484">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(461.41 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><strong>Inspector General Reports From Across the Federal Government Now Available on a Single Website</strong></p> <p>Today, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) announced the official launch of Oversight.gov. This new website creates a single home for thousands of Inspector General (IG) reports from across the federal government.</p> <p>IGs serve as watchdogs inside federal government agencies. Each year, IGs identify billions of dollars in potential taxpayer savings, conduct investigations that promote government accountability, and make thousands of recommendations to improve government operations.</p> <p>Visitors to Oversight.gov will see that, for the third consecutive year, the IG community identified over $20 billion in potential savings of federal tax dollars as part of their comprehensive efforts to eliminate waste in federal programs.</p> <p>Starting today, Oversight.gov provides a “one stop shop” to follow the ongoing oversight work of all IGs that publicly post reports. It also enables users to access more than 5,800 previously-issued IG reports, a number that will continue to grow as IGs issue new reports.</p> <p>Inspectors General currently post these reports to their individual websites. But with the launch of Oversight.gov, users can now sort, search, and filter the site’s database of public reports across agencies to find oversight areas of interest.</p> <p>The site provides easy on-line access to the IG community’s efforts to address the most serious challenges facing the country. For example, the term “cybersecurity” currently appears in 446 reports;“disaster recovery” in 335; “terrorism” in 292; and “whistleblowers” in 781.</p> <p>In addition, the site features a user-friendly map to find reports based on geographic location and contact information for each IG’s whistleblower hotline. As IGs add new reports to their own websites, the new reports and data will be posted simultaneously on Oversight.gov. Users can learn about newlyissued reports across the IG community by following CIGIE’s new Twitter account, @OversightGov.</p> <p>“The public should have easy access to information about their government, and Oversight.gov is a big step in this direction,” said CIGIE Chair Michael Horowitz, who is also the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice. “This new website makes the work of the IG community more accessible, and it demonstrates the critical role Inspectors General play in combatting waste, fraud, and abuse, and holding government officials accountable for their management of taxpayer money.”</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">CBP</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Management</a></div> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:20:34 +0000 alan.smith 3616 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Audit Finds that FEMA’s Management of Its Flood Mapping Programs is Inadequate https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/09292017/dhs-oig-audit-finds-femas-management-its-flood-mapping-programs <span>DHS OIG Audit Finds that FEMA’s Management of Its Flood Mapping Programs is Inadequate</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/29/2017 - 15:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-09-29T12:00:00Z">Friday, September 29, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4432/download?token=qjva1toU" type="application/pdf; length=84418">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(82.44 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span>A new Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General (OIG) report reveals that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) needs to improve its oversight and management of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood mapping program. OIG auditors concluded that without the recommended improvements, FEMA cannot provide the public with a reliable representation of its true flood vulnerability or ensure that NFIP rates reflect the real risk of flooding. Flood hazard identification and mapping is an integral part of the NFIP and a foundation for flood plain management, flood insurance, and flood mitigation.</span></p> <p><span>The report, “FEMA Needs to Improve Management of Its Flood Mapping Programs,” found that as of December 2016, only 42% of the total flood map miles in FEMA’s inventory were updated and valid, meaning that more than half of flood map miles in the database either required a re-study or still needed to be assessed and validated. This falls well short of FEMA’s internal performance goal of 64% updated and valid flood maps, revised downward from 80% when it became clear that FEMA would not reach its goal.</span></p> <p><span>OIG auditors found that this was caused in part because of ineffective financial management of flood map projects, an outdated life cycle cost estimate for the program, and weak oversight of the progress of flood map projects—especially those placed on hold due to outside circumstances. Of the 88 projects tested by OIG auditors, 65 were on hold for more than a year. </span></p> <p><span>FEMA also lacks oversight to ensure that its flood mapping partners—such as private engineering firm contractors, state and local governments, and regional agencies—comply with FEMA’s guidance ensuring the quality of flood maps.</span></p> <p><span><span>“The recent flooding in Texas after Hurricane Harvey serves as a devastating example of the importance of accurate and reliable flood maps,” said Inspector General John Roth. “We are optimistic that our recommended changes will improve FEMA’s management of the flood mapping program and introduce internal controls to ensure the quality of the maps produced by FEMA’s partners.”</span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:28:59 +0000 alan.smith 3606 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov The United States Attorney’s Office Announces Formation Of A Task Force To Fight Hurricane Irma-Related Illegal Activity https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/09142017/united-states-attorneys-office-announces-formation-task-force <span>The United States Attorney’s Office Announces Formation Of A Task Force To Fight Hurricane Irma-Related Illegal Activity</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 10/06/2017 - 09:58</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-09-14T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 14, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4509/download?token=v8D6pn_P" type="application/pdf; length=136549">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(133.35 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span>SAN JUAN, P.R. – United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez is urging Puerto Rico residents and businesses to be aware of and report suspected fraudulent activity related to disaster relief operations and federal funding for victims. The USAO for the District of Puerto Rico, in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG), the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety, and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice have formed a task force to investigate and prosecute illegal activity stemming from Hurricane Irma.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>While compassion, assistance, and solidarity are generally prevalent in the aftermath of natural disasters, unscrupulous individuals and organizations also use these tragic events to take advantage of those in need. Examples of typical illegal activity under the jurisdiction of each of the agencies in the working group include:</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>          • Impersonation of federal law enforcement officials</span></p> <p><span>          • Identity theft</span></p> <p><span>          • Fraudulent submission of claims to insurance companies and the federal government</span></p> <p><span>          • Fraudulent activity related to solicitations for donations and charitable giving</span></p> <p><span>          </span><span>• Fraudulent activity related to individuals and organizations promising high investment returns from profits from recovery and cleanup efforts </span></p> <p><span>          • Price gouging</span></p> <p><span>          • Theft, looting, and other violent crime</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>“Our efforts are directed at enforcing a zero tolerance policy,” said United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “In the midst of the distress and losses caused by Hurricane Irma and the attending need for recovery and rebuilding, there can be no place for fraud and abuse.”</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>“With our federal and state partners, we have a long history of tracking down and prosecuting those who attempt to defraud the government of monies that have been set aside to help victims of natural disasters,” said </span><span>Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff of the FBI, San Juan Field Office</span><span>. “The FBI will do everything in its power to protect taxpayer funded relief programs that have been created to help people who have suffered actual losses.” </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>“The DHS OIG takes any and all allegations of fraudulent activity seriously and intends to hold accountable those who try to use this disaster to take advantage of others,” said Special Agent in Charge Jay H. Donly of the DHS OIG Miami Field Office. “The DHS OIG will use all of its investigative resources to stop those who use this unfortunate situation for personal and illegal gain.”</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>Hector Pesquera, Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Public Safety, assured that “his department has been tasked by the Governor of Puerto Rico to join these efforts to investigate and process any individual that engages in fraud or acts of corruption as related to hurricane victims. For those purposes, we have made available to the Task Force all of our resources.”</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>The Puerto Rico Disaster Fraud Task Force will be in close collaboration with the Justice Department’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF). The NCDF receives from members of the public reports of fraud, waste, abuse or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations. It has been fully operational since its inception following Hurricane Katrina and is specifically designed to be ready for situations like Harvey and Irma. NCDF has an excellent staff of investigators, analysts, call center operators, and managers preparing to handle the anticipated volume. Since 2005, the NCDF has processed over 70,000 complaints. <span>NCDF operates a call center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to take disaster fraud complaints through a national hotline number (1-866-720-5721) and via email (</span></span><a href="mailto:disaster@leo.gov" target="_blank" title="disaster@leo.gov"><span>disaster@leo.gov</span><span><span> (link sends e-mail)</span></span></a><span>)<span>. This hotline serves, in essence, as a national 911 for disaster fraud. </span>Learn more about the National Center for Disaster Fraud at </span><a href="http://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud" target="_blank" title="http://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud"><span>www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud</span></a><span>. Tips on avoiding fraudulent charitable contribution schemes are at <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tips-avoiding-fraudulent-charitable-contribution-schemes">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tips-avoiding-fraudulent-charitable-cont…</a>. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>Members of the public are reminded to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before giving contributions to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of disaster victims. Solicitations can originate from e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, mailings and telephone calls, and similar methods.</span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-pr/pr/united-states-attorney-s-office-announces-formation-task-force-fight-hurricane-irma">https://www.justice.gov/usao-pr/pr/united-states-attorney-s-office-announces-formation-task-force-fight-hurricane-irma</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:58:44 +0000 alan.smith 3664 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Middle District Of Florida, Along With Three Other U.S. Attorney Offices In Districts Affected By Hurricane Irma, Establishes Task Force To Combat Disaster Fraud And Urge The Public To Be Vigilant In Reporting Suspected Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/09142017/middle-district-florida-along-three-other-us-attorney-offices <span>Middle District Of Florida, Along With Three Other U.S. Attorney Offices In Districts Affected By Hurricane Irma, Establishes Task Force To Combat Disaster Fraud And Urge The Public To Be Vigilant In Reporting Suspected Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:17</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p class="hp-pr-news-block"><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-09-14T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 14, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4510/download?token=vaURlCBu" type="application/pdf; length=148744">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(145.26 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span>Tampa, FL - The National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida, along with U.S. Attorney <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwOTE0Ljc4MTU5MzMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDkxNC43ODE1OTMzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MjQzMDc3JmVtYWlsaWQ9dXNhZW8ubmV3cy5icmllZmluZ0B1c2Rvai5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXVzYWVvLm5ld3MuYnJpZWZpbmdAdXNkb2ouZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;101&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.justice.gov/usao-pr/pr/united-states-attorney-s-office-announces-formation-task-force-fight-hurricane-irma?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank"><span>Offices in the District of Puerto Rico</span></a>, <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwOTE0Ljc4MTU5MzMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDkxNC43ODE1OTMzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MjQzMDc3JmVtYWlsaWQ9dXNhZW8ubmV3cy5icmllZmluZ0B1c2Rvai5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXVzYWVvLm5ld3MuYnJpZWZpbmdAdXNkb2ouZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;102&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/acting-us-attorney-establishes-southern-district-florida-disaster-fraud-task-force-and?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank"><span>Southern District of Florida</span></a>, and <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwOTE0Ljc4MTU5MzMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDkxNC43ODE1OTMzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MjQzMDc3JmVtYWlsaWQ9dXNhZW8ubmV3cy5icmllZmluZ0B1c2Rvai5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXVzYWVvLm5ld3MuYnJpZWZpbmdAdXNkb2ouZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;104&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndfl/pr/north-floridians-reminded-report-disaster-related-fraud?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank"><span>Northern District of Florida</span></a> announced the formation of task forces comprised of local, state and federal agencies in our respective areas to combat Hurricane Irma related illegal activity. The NCDF and U.S. Attorneys in these districts urge residents and businesses to immediately report suspected fraudulent activity relating to recovery and cleanup operations, fake charities claiming to be providing relief for victims, individuals submitting false claims for disaster relief and any other disaster fraud related activity. </span></p> <p><span>The U.S. Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud to investigate, prosecute, and deter fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region. Its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud from any natural or manmade disaster. More than 30 federal, state, and local agencies participate in the National Center for Disaster Fraud, which allows the center to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to disaster relief fraud.</span></p> <p><span>While compassion, assistance, and solidarity are generally prevalent in the aftermath of natural disasters, unscrupulous individuals and organizations also use these tragic events to take advantage of those in need. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the NCDF has already received more than 400 complaints. Examples of illegal activity being reported to the NCDF and law enforcement include:</span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span><span><span>Impersonation of federal law enforcement officials;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Identity theft;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Fraudulent submission of claims to insurance companies and the federal government;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Fraudulent activity related to solicitations for donations and charitable giving;</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Fraudulent activity related to individuals and organizations promising high investment returns from profits from recovery and cleanup efforts; </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Price gouging; </span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span>Theft, looting, and other violent crime</span></span></span></span></span></li> </ul><p><span>“Unfortunately, criminals can exploit disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, for their own gain by sending fraudulent communications through email or social media and by creating phony websites designed to solicit contributions,” said Acting Executive Director Corey R. Amundson of the National Center for Disaster Fraud. “Once the NCDF receives a complaint, it routes the complaints to the appropriate federal, state, or local law enforcement agency in the appropriate jurisdiction. In the process, we are able to de-conflict and identify trends, national schemes, and offenders operating in multi-jurisdictions. The Justice Department will aggressively pursue those who commit disaster fraud.”</span></p> <p><span>“We will aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone who seeks to defraud or exploit the federal assistance programs established to help individuals, families, or businesses that have lost so much as a result of Hurricane Irma,” said Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow for the Middle District of Florida. “Our Office will continue to protect the rights of our honest citizens affected by this disaster and ensure that they receive the necessary public and charitable assistance they deserve. If you suspect any fraud, we urge you to call the NCDF Hotline. Our efforts to combat fraud associated with Hurricane Irma will supplement the outstanding and ongoing efforts by the State of Florida and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.”</span></p> <p><span>“Our efforts are directed at enforcing a zero tolerance policy,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez for the District of Puerto Rico. “In the midst of the distress and losses caused by Hurricane Irma and the attending need for recovery and rebuilding, there can be no place for fraud and abuse.”</span></p> <p><span>“As our South Florida community recovers from Hurricane Irma, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and our law enforcement partners stand ready to investigate and prosecute in federal court anyone who seeks to re-victimize, defraud or exploit the individuals and businesses in need,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida. “Our united enforcement front will work hard to combat criminal activity, including fraud schemes associated with the hurricane’s devastation. Our mission is to ensure that federal, state and local programs, as well as reputable public and charitable assistance initiatives reach those struck by the impact of our recent natural disaster and are not fraudulently diverted to the criminals’ pockets.”</span></p> <p><span>“We do not tolerate fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Christopher P. Canova for the Northern District of Florida. “Individuals, families, and businesses have suffered, and will continue to suffer, tremendous losses. Emergency funds are needed to help them get back on their feet. Dozens of agencies, investigators, and prosecutors are ready to respond to credible allegations of fraud and abuse. If you are aware of fraud, we urge you to call the National Disaster Fraud Hotline.”</span></p> <p><span>Members of the public who suspect fraud, waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, or believe they have been the victim of fraud from a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of disaster victims, should contact the National Disaster Fraud Hotline toll free at (866) 720-5721. The telephone line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also fax information to the Center at (225) 334-4707, or email it to <a href="mailto:disaster@leo.gov" target="_blank" title="disaster@leo.gov">disaster@leo.gov<span><span> (link sends e-mail)</span></span></a>.</span></p> <p><span>Members of the public are reminded to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before giving contributions to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of disaster victims. Solicitations can originate from e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, mailings and telephone calls, and similar methods. Learn more about the NCDF at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwOTE0Ljc4MTU5MzMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDkxNC43ODE1OTMzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MjQzMDc3JmVtYWlsaWQ9dXNhZW8ubmV3cy5icmllZmluZ0B1c2Rvai5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXVzYWVvLm5ld3MuYnJpZWZpbmdAdXNkb2ouZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;105&amp;&amp;&amp;http://www.justice.gov/DISASTER-FRAUD?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank" title="www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud"><span>www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud</span></a>. Tips for the public on how to avoid being victimized of fraud are at <a href="http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTcwOTE0Ljc4MTU5MzMxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE3MDkxNC43ODE1OTMzMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE3MjQzMDc3JmVtYWlsaWQ9dXNhZW8ubmV3cy5icmllZmluZ0B1c2Rvai5nb3YmdXNlcmlkPXVzYWVvLm5ld3MuYnJpZWZpbmdAdXNkb2ouZ292JmZsPSZleHRyYT1NdWx0aXZhcmlhdGVJZD0mJiY=&amp;&amp;&amp;106&amp;&amp;&amp;https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tips-avoiding-fraudulent-charitable-contribution-schemes?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=govdelivery" target="_blank"><span>https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/tips-avoiding-fraudulent-charitable-contribution-schemes</span></a>.</span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/middle-district-florida-along-three-other-us-attorney-offices-districts-affected">https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdfl/pr/middle-district-florida-along-three-other-us-attorney-offices-districts-affected</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:17:44 +0000 alan.smith 3669 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Authorities Announce Formation of Working Group to Fight Hurricane Harvey-Related Illegal Activity https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/08312017/authorities-announce-formation-working-group-fight-hurricane <span>Authorities Announce Formation of Working Group to Fight Hurricane Harvey-Related Illegal Activity</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>Department of Justice<br /> U.S. Attorney’s Office<br /> Southern District of Texas</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Wed, 09/06/2017 - 13:49</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-08-31T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 31, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4371/download?token=6Ba43lIn" type="application/pdf; length=210359">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(205.43 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>HOUSTON - Representatives from numerous federal and state law enforcement agencies have formed a working group to investigate and prosecute illegal activity related to Hurricane Harvey.</p> <p>Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez made the announcement along with Acting U.S. Attorney Corey R. Amundson of the Middle District of Louisiana who serves as the Acting Executive Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF), Harris County District Attorney (DA) Kim Ogg, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Director Shamoil T. Shipchandler of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) -Fort Worth Regional Office, Special Agent in Charge PerryeK. Turner of the FBI, Special Agent in Charge David Green of the Department of Homeland Security – Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG), Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of IRS – Criminal Investigations (CI), Special Agent in Charge Douglas W. Thigpen of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Regional Director Dama Brown of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).</p> <p>“This disaster has brought and will continue to bring unprecedented human and financial loss to our communities, and victims of this event have already suffered staggering devastation,” said Martinez. “The last thing that victims of this damage need is to be victimized again. Under the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, we bring a comprehensive law enforcement focus to combat any criminal activity arising from the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey and the rebuilding efforts underway.”</p> <p>While each of these agencies has a history of working together, bringing them together into one focused group is an optimal way to address the varied threats resulting from Hurricane Harvey. The working group will involve all levels of law enforcement and includes representatives from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, NCDF, Harris County DA’s Office, Texas Attorney General’s Office, SEC, FBI, DHS-OIG, HSI, IRS-CI, USSS, FTC and the ATF.  Authorities are already receiving calls about scams in our area and have forwarded complaints to the relevant agencies.</p> <p>“We intend to use all of the resources at our disposal to both help our registrants and to hold those accountable who try to use this disaster to take advantage of other people,” said Chairman Jay Clayton of the SEC. “There is no place for fraud or shady practices in the rebuilding and recovery of the communities in Texas and Louisiana that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.”<br /> "As we all work to rebuild the Houston/Gulf Coast region and look for ways to help, it's important to perform due diligence before giving contributions to anyone soliciting donations or individuals offering to provide assistance to those affected by Harvey, whether the solicitations are in person, via email or telephone,” said Turner. “The FBI is dedicated to investigating and preventing this type of fraud, especially when it involves preying on individuals during times of great need.”</p> <p>“As we have witnessed throughout this disaster, the best of the American spirit shines through with neighbors and strangers helping one another. Sadly, at the same time, these situations also bring out those that would try to prey upon those who are willing to give of themselves to help out,” said Dawson. “Rest assured that HSI will, in coordination with our fellow law enforcement partners, bring its investigative resources to bear to stop those that would seek to take advantage of this situation for their personal and illegal gain.”</p> <p>Natural disasters often bring out the best in human compassion and spirit, they can also lead to unscrupulous individuals and organizations taking advantage of those in need of and/or providing government services. Examples of typical illegal activity under the jurisdiction of each of the agencies in the working group include:</p> <ul><li>Impersonation of federal law enforcement officials</li> <li>Identity theft</li> <li>Fraudulent submission of claims to insurance companies and the federal government</li> <li>Fraudulent activity related to solicitations for donations and charitable giving</li> <li>Fraudulent activity related to individuals and organizations promising high investmentreturns from profits from recovery and cleanup efforts</li> <li>Price gouging</li> <li>Theft, looting, and other violent crime</li> </ul><p>Consumers also can report scams and other consumer issues to the FTC and get help if they think they may be a victim of identity theft.</p> <p>Members of the public are encouraged to contact the NCDF to report all types of disaster fraud. The U.S. Department of Justice established the NCDF following Hurricane Katrina when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region. Its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud from any natural or manmade disaster and includes more than 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The team includes law enforcement agents who review those reports and make referrals to the appropriate investigative agencies. The NCDF provides de-confliction, coordination and expertise in handling disaster fraud matters and is focused on protecting disaster victims and any funds dedicated to disaster victims.</p> <p>The Disaster Fraud Hotline is 1-866-720-5721 and is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members of the public can also send an email or fax information to 225-3344707.</p> <p>In addition, the Texas Attorney General’s Office is asking Texans to please contact their Consumer Protection Division and file a complaint if they feel they have encountered price gouging or have been scammed or fall victim to a charities fraud. They can call the toll-free hotline at 800-621-0508, send an email or file a complaint on via the web.</p> <p>The SEC provided this information yesterday and continues to monitor the market impact of Hurricane Harvey and encourage affected entities and investment professionals to contact Commission staff with questions and concerns.<br /> For additional information, you may also visit FEMA’s Hurricane Harvey resource page.</p> <p>The Department of Justice also announced yesterday Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes.</p> <p>Various personnel will also be available for any additional information, comments or interviews regarding this effort. Members of the media wishing to speak with anyone are asked to send an email with your request and preferred times and the office will respond accordingly.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/authorities-announce-formation-working-group-fight-hurricane-harvey-related-illegal">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/authorities-announce-formation-working-group-fight-hurricane-harvey-related-illegal</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:49:27 +0000 alan.smith 3512 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/08152017/former-secret-service-agent-pleads-guilty-money-laundering <span>Former Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>Department of Justice<br /> U.S. Attorney’s Office<br /> Northern District of California</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:26</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-secret-service-agent-pleads-guilty-money-laundering" target="_blank" title="www.justice.gov/usao/md">www.justice.gov/usao/md</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-08-15T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 15, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4329/download?token=YntTIicE" type="application/pdf; length=206521">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(201.68 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>SAN FRANCISCO - A former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service pleaded guilty today to charges of money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Brian J. Stretch, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Washington D.C. Field Office Cyber Crimes Unit Special Agent in Charge Kimberly A. Lappin, Special Agent in Charge John Bennett of the FBI’s San Francisco Division, and Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General Houston Field Office David Green.</p> <p>Shaun W. Bridges, 35, of Laurel, Md., pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering before U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California. Sentencing has been set for November 7, 2017. Bridges had been a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service for approximately six years in the Baltimore Field Office. Between 2012 and 2014, he was assigned to the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, a multi-agency group investigating illegal activity on the Silk Road, a covert online marketplace for illicit goods, including drugs. Bridges’ responsibilities included, among other things, conducting forensic computer investigations in an effort to locate, identify and prosecute targets of the Silk Road Task Force, including Ross Ulbricht, a/k/a “Dread Pirate Roberts,” who ran the Silk Road from the Northern District of California. In 2015, Bridges pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of obstruction of justice related to his theft and diversion of over $800,000 in digital currency over which he gained control as part of his role on the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force. In December 2015, Bridges was sentenced to 71 months in prison on those charges.</p> <p>Prior to reporting to prison to begin serving his sentence for the 2015 conviction, Bridges was arrested and taken into custody on new charges related to another theft of approximately 1,600 bitcoin, valued at the time of the theft at approximately $359,005, (approximately $6.6 million today) from a digital wallet belonging to the U.S. government. According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea in this case, Bridges admitted to using a private key to access a digital wallet belonging to the U.S. government, and subsequently transferring the bitcoin to other digital wallets at other bitcoin exchanges to which only he had access. In the course of the investigation, U.S. agents were able to locate and seize approximately 600 of the stolen bitcoin and, as part of his plea, Bridges agreed to turn over the remaining stolen bitcoin.</p> <p>The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Frentzen and Trial Attorney Richard B. Evans of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section with assistance from Bridget Kilkenny. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Countryman is handling asset forfeiture aspects of the case. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s San Francisco Division, the IRS-CI’s Washington D.C. Field Office Cyber Crimes Unit, and the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-secret-service-agent-pleads-guilty-money-laundering">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-secret-service-agent-pleads-guilty-money-laundering</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Others</a></div> </div> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:26:51 +0000 alan.smith 3465 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov CBP Spent Millions on Polygraph Exams for Applicants Who Admitted Disqualifying Criminal Activity https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/08102017/cbp-spent-millions-polygraph-exams-applicants-who-admitted <span>CBP Spent Millions on Polygraph Exams for Applicants Who Admitted Disqualifying Criminal Activity</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information, Contact</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/11/2017 - 09:08</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-08-10T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 10, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4304/download?token=PZZSnS6y" type="application/pdf; length=108816">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(106.27 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>In a new report, the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security, found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spent more than $5 million on polygraph exams for job applicants who had admitted disqualifying criminal acts or drug use on employment documents or during pre-polygraph interviews. This occurred because CBP’s process did not stop, and is not sufficient to prevent, unsuitable applicants from continuing through the polygraph examination.</p> <p>OIG auditors analyzed a statistical sample of 380 polygraph exams administered to applicants from fiscal years 2013-2016. Nearly 20 percent of that sample made disqualifying admissions during the pre-polygraph interview. According to CBP’s own data, approximately 2,300 applicants made pre-polygraph admissions including illegal drug use, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and to having close personal relationships with people who commit such crimes. Despite these admissions, CBP administered the polygraph examinations, costing taxpayers $2,200 each, to all of those applicants. CBP further failed to consistently use its on-call adjudication process, which gives the examiners an official method to confirm right away that an applicant’s pre-test admissions are in fact unsuitable and a basis for ending the exam.</p> <p>CBP implemented the OIG’s recommendation to immediately contact adjudicators when an applicant admits to wrongdoing. If the adjudicator determines the applicant is unsuitable, the examiner ends the test and the applicant is removed from the hiring process. CBP has also initiated a pilot program for a new polygraph format. The combination of the new format and its implementation of the OIG’s recommendation has improved efficiency and allows CBP to focus on suitable candidates more likely to pass the polygraph.</p> <p>“Given its plans to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol Agents, it is important that CBP focus its resources on the most qualified and suitable applicants,” said Inspector General John Roth. “We are pleased that CBP has adopted one of our recommended changes to increase efficiency in its polygraph process.”</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/financial-management" hreflang="en">Financial Management</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" hreflang="en">CBP</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/15" hreflang="en">Management</a></div> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:08:51 +0000 alan.smith 3439 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Government Employee Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Receipt Of Illegal Gratuities And Impersonation Of A United States Immigration Officer https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/08082017/former-government-employee-sentenced-15-months-prison-receipt <span>Former Government Employee Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison For Receipt Of Illegal Gratuities And Impersonation Of A United States Immigration Officer</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p>For More Information, Contact</p> <p>Elizabeth Morse - 410-209-4885</p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:36</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/former-government-employee-sentenced-15-months-prison-receipt-illegal-gratuities-and" target="_blank">www.justice.gov/usao/md</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-08-08T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 8, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4297/download?token=9_soJV3R" type="application/pdf; length=190199">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(185.74 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell sentenced John Theis, age 40, of Sparrows Point, Maryland, today to 15 months in prison, followed by 1 year of supervised release for the receipt of illegal gratuities and impersonation of a United States officer.</p> <p>The sentence was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Mark Tasky of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG); Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Kimberly Lappin of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office.</p> <p>According to his plea agreement, from January 2015 through his resignation in September 2015, Theis worked at the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship &amp; Immigration Services (USCIS) in Baltimore, Maryland. Theis was an Immigration Services Officer (ISO), whose duties and responsibilities included adjudicating immigration and citizenship cases and granting permanent residence status.</p> <p>Theis was required to obtain approval for any outside employment and no such requests had been submitted by Theis seeking or gaining such approval.</p> <p>From 2014 and through his departure from federal service, Theis accepted cash in return for promising favorable immigration adjudications for a number of aliens. On one occasion, while working at USCIS, Theis advised an alien on the documents needed for a green card approval. Additionally, Theis took photos of the applicant’s case file from a USCIS database. In exchange, Theis received approximately $500 from the alien applicant.</p> <p>Beginning in December of 2014 through February 2015, Theis and a co-conspirator agreed to work together in an immigration business to assist immigrants with getting their paperwork approved through USCIS. Theis would do presentations at an immigration program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). There, Theis would wear clothes that identified him as an immigration officer in order to influence new clients into paying him for assistance with immigration paperwork.</p> <p>In April 2015, Theis went on disability leave after making false statements about his ability to work. He also took various forms of paid leave and never returned to the USCIS.</p> <p>On September 29, 2015, Theis resigned from government service and left for Brazil in October 2015. He continued to do immigration work in Brazil while holding himself out to be a special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) until his return to the United States and arrest in December 2016.</p> <p>The approximate value of gratuities Theis received was over $15,000. He also received over $1,600 in disability benefits to which he was not entitled. Judge Russell ordered Theis to pay $1,600 in restitution to the Department of Labor.</p> <p>Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended DHS OIG, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility, USCIS, FBI, and IRS for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra Wilkinson and Paul E. Budlow, who prosecuted the case.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###<br />  </p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/former-government-employee-sentenced-15-months-prison-receipt-illegal-gratuities-and">https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/former-government-employee-sentenced-15-months-prison-receipt-illegal-gratuities-and</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:36:08 +0000 alan.smith 3434 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Two More Defendants Plead Guilty in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/07202017/two-more-defendants-plead-guilty-multimillion-dollar-india-based <span>Two More Defendants Plead Guilty in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>Department of Justice</strong></p> <p><strong>Office of Public Affairs</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-07-20T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 20, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4267/download?token=KHLgFnMH" type="application/pdf; length=117182">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(114.44 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>An Indian national and a Texas man each pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges this week for their respective roles in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme perpetrated by India-based call centers.</p> <p>Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas, Executive Associate Director Peter T. Edge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Inspector General J. Russell George of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Inspector General John Roth of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) made the announcement.</p> <p>Montu Barot, 30, an Indian national most recently residing in Glendale Heights, Illinois, and Nilesh Pandya, 54, of Stafford, Texas, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering offenses, in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 371. The pleas were entered before U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas. Barot agreed to deportation following his sentence. Sentencing dates are pending.</p> <p>According to admissions made in connection with their respective pleas, Montu Barot, Nilesh Pandya, and their co-conspirators perpetrated a complex scheme in which individuals from call centers located in Ahmedabad, India, impersonated officials from the IRS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and engaged in other telephone call scams, in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the U.S. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call center operators targeted U.S. victims who were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay alleged monies owed to the government. Victims who agreed to pay the scammers were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing stored value cards or wiring money. Upon payment, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of “runners” based in the U.S. to liquidate and launder the fraudulently-obtained funds.</p> <p>According to Barot’s guilty plea, beginning in or around June 2012, Barot served as a runner and coordinated the liquidation of victim scam funds by other runners per the instructions of conspirators from both India-based call centers and within the United States. Barot communicated via phone, text and email in furtherance of the criminal scheme with both domestic and India-based associates, and he and his conspirators used reloadable cards containing funds derived from victims by scam callers to purchase money orders and deposit them into various bank accounts as directed, in return for cash payments or commissions. Barot also admitted to sending financial ledgers to his conspirators detailing the movement of scam victim funds.</p> <p>Based on admissions in Nilesh Pandya’s guilty plea, beginning in or around March 2014, Pandya served as a runner liquidating victim scam funds within the Southern District of Texas. At the direction of two of his co-defendants, Pandya used stored value cards that had been loaded with victim funds to buy money orders and then deposit them into various bank accounts.</p> <p>To date, Montu Barot, Nilesh Pandya, 54 other individuals and five India-based call centers have been charged for their roles in the fraud and money laundering scheme in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas on Oct. 19, 2016. Including this week’s pleas, a total of thirteen defendants have pleaded guilty thus far in this case. Co-defendants Bharatkumar Patel, Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, Harsh Patel, Nilam Parikh, Hardik Patel, Rajubhai Patel, Viraj Patel, Dilipkumar A. Patel, Fahad Ali, Bhavesh Patel and Asmitaben Patel previously pleaded guilty on various dates between April and July 2017.</p> <p>The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.</p> <p>HSI, DHS-OIG and TIGTA led the investigation of this case. Also providing significant support were: the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs; Ft. Bend County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; police departments in Hoffman Estates and Naperville, Illinois, and Leonia, New Jersey; San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Family Protection and Elder Abuse Unit; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General; IOC-2; INTERPOL Washington; USCIS; U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service; and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in the Middle District of Alabama, Northern District of Alabama, District of Arizona, Central District of California, Northern District of California, District of Colorado, Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, District of Nevada and District of New Jersey. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau also provided assistance in TIGTA’s investigation.</p> <p>Senior Trial Attorney Michael Sheckels and Trial Attorney Mona Sahaf of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Trial Attorney Amanda Wick of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Mark McIntyre and Craig M. Feazel of the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting the case.</p> <p>A Department of Justice website has been established to provide information about the case to already identified and potential victims and the public. Anyone who believes they may be a victim of fraud or identity theft in relation to this investigation or other telefraud scam phone calls may contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via this website.</p> <p>Anyone who wants additional information about telefraud scams generally, or preventing identity theft or fraudulent use of their identity information, may obtain helpful information on the IRS tax scams website, the FTC phone scam website and the FTC identity theft website.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/five-more-defendants-plead-guilty-their-roles-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/five-more-defendants-plead-guilty-their-roles-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:20:06 +0000 alan.smith 3345 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS’ PALMS Acquisition Faces Major Challenges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/07062017/dhs-palms-acquisition-faces-major-challenges <span>DHS’ PALMS Acquisition Faces Major Challenges</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/06/2017 - 15:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-07-06T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 6, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4197/download?token=xqra0Flc" type="application/pdf; length=94673">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(92.45 KB)</span> </span> </div> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 19:28:25 +0000 alan.smith 3305 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Allegations of Unauthorized Scans of Georgia Voting Systems are Unsubstantiated https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/07052017/allegations-unauthorized-scans-georgia-voting-systems-are <span>Allegations of Unauthorized Scans of Georgia Voting Systems are Unsubstantiated</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-phone-number"><p><strong>For More Information:</strong></p> <p><strong>Public Affairs (202) 254-4100</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:59</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p><strong>For Immediate Release</strong></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-07-05T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, July 5, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4370/download?token=Zh58VF0z" type="application/pdf; length=209962">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(205.04 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>A forensic investigation by the Office of Inspector has determined Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees did not conduct unauthorized scans of Georgia’s elections computer systems. The investigation was requested by Congress based on concerns raised by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who cited 10 suspected attempts by DHS personnel to penetrate the state’s firewall in 2016.</p> <p>In a letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Jody Hice, Inspector General John Roth reported that DHS employee interactions with the Georgia systems were limited to routine searches for publically available information on the state’s public website and that none of the web pages visited were related to elections or voters.</p> <p>The investigation was conducted by employees in OIG’s specially trained Digital Forensics and Analysis Unit.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p class="text-align-center">###</p> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> </div> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:59:05 +0000 alan.smith 3296 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Five More Defendants Plead Guilty for Their Roles in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/06052017/five-more-defendants-plead-guilty-their-roles-multimillion-dollar <span>Five More Defendants Plead Guilty for Their Roles in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:35</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-06-05T12:00:00Z">Monday, June 5, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4074/download?token=1Jsh5WDF" type="application/pdf; length=112778">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(110.13 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span>Five men, including two individuals who formerly worked at scam call centers in India, each pleaded guilty within the past two weeks for their respective roles in a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme perpetrated by India-based call centers.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas, Executive Associate Director Peter T. Edge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Inspector General J. Russell George of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Inspector General John Roth of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) made the announcement.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>From May 26 to June 6, Rajubhai Patel, 32, an Indian national most recently residing in Willowbrook, Illinois; Viraj Patel, 33, an Indian national most recently residing in Anaheim, California; Dilipkumar Ambal Patel, 53, an Indian national most recently residing in Corona, California; and Fahad Ali, 25, a Pakistani national and permanent U.S. resident most recently residing in Dyer, Indiana, each pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy before U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas. Hardik Patel, 31, an Indian national most recently residing in Arlington Heights, Illinois, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy before the same court on June 2. Sentencing dates are pending for all five defendants.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>According to admissions made in connection with the plea agreements, the five men and their co-conspirators perpetrated a complex scheme in which individuals from call centers located in Ahmedabad, India, impersonated officials from the IRS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and engaged in other telephone call scams, in a ruse designed to defraud victims in the U.S. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call center operators targeted U.S. victims, who were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay alleged monies owed to the government. Victims who agreed to pay the scammers were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing stored value cards or wiring money. Upon payment, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of “runners” based in the U.S. to liquidate and launder the fraudulently obtained funds.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Based on the statements in his June 2 guilty plea, beginning in August 2012, Hardik Patel owned and managed the day-to-day operations of an India-based scam call center before later leaving for the U.S. While in India, in his capacity as a manager, Hardik Patel communicated extensively via email, text, and other means with various India-based co-defendants to operate the scheme and exchange scripts used in the scheme, coordinate the processing of payments from scammed victims, obtain and exchange lead lists used by callers to target U.S. victims, and exchange spreadsheets containing the personal identifying information (PII) of U.S. persons misappropriated by the scammers to register reloadable cards used in the scheme. Hardik Patel also managed worker payroll and kept detailed records of profits and expenses for various associated scam call centers. Hardik Patel continued to communicate with India-based co-defendants about the scheme and assist with the conspiracy after he moved to the U.S.  </span></span></p> <p><span><span>According to his June 6 guilty plea, Rajubhai Patel operated as a runner and assisted a co-defendant in managing the activities of a crew of other runners, based primarily out of Illinois, who liquidated victim funds in various locales in the U.S. for conspirators from India-based call centers. Rajubhai Patel communicated about the liquidation of scam funds via electronic WhatsApp communications with domestic and India-based co-defendants, purchased reloadable cards registered using the misappropriated PII of U.S. citizens that were later used to receive victims’ funds, and used those cards to purchase money orders and deposit them into various bank accounts of co-defendants and others as directed. Rajubhai Patel also admitted to creating and maintaining spreadsheets that detailed deposits, payments to co-conspirators, expenses and profits from the scheme. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>According to admissions made in his June 2 guilty plea, Viraj Patel first became involved in the conspiracy between April and September 2013, prior to entering the U.S., when he worked at and assisted with overseeing the operations of a call center in India engaging in scam activity at the behest of a co-defendant. After entering the U.S., beginning in December 2014 Viraj Patel engaged in additional activities in support of the scheme in exchange for a cut of the profits, including serving as a processor of scam victim payments and as a runner engaging in the purchase and liquidation of cards loaded with victim scam funds. Viraj Patel communicated with various India-and U.S.-based co-defendants in furtherance of the conspiracy, and also obtained and circulated lead lists to his co-conspirators containing the PII of U.S. citizens for use by the call centers in targeting victims of the various fraud schemes and to register reloadable cards used to launder the proceeds of the schemes.   </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Based on the admissions made in his May 26 guilty plea, since late 2013, Dilipkumar A. Patel operated as a runner in and around Southern California, along with other co-defendants based in the region. At the direction of India-based co-conspirators, often via electronic WhatsApp communications, Patel admitted to participating in the purchase of reloadable cards registered with the PII of U.S. citizens, and the subsequent liquidation of victim scam funds loaded to those cards by co-conspirators, while keeping a percentage of the victim funds on the cards for himself.  </span></span></p> <p><span><span>According to his guilty plea, also on May 26, beginning in or around 2013, Fahad Ali worked as a member of a crew of runners operating in the Chicago, Illinois area, the Southern District of Texas and elsewhere throughout the country. Ali admitted that he first served as a driver for an Illinois-based co-defendant engaging in activities in furtherance of the conspiracy. Ali later operated at the direction of that co-defendant and others, via various means of communication, including text messages, to purchase reloadable cards, and then liquidate victim scam proceeds placed on those cards by India-based co-conspirators, in exchange for recurring payments. Ali also admitted to using false identification documents to receive wire transfers from victims of the fraud.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>To date, Hardik Patel, Rajubhai Patel, Viraj Patel, Dilipkumar A. Patel, Fahad Ali, 51 other individuals and five India-based call centers have been charged for their roles in the fraud and money laundering scheme in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas on Oct. 19, 2016. Including the most recent pleas, a total of nine defendants have pleaded guilty thus far in this case. Co-defendants Bharatkumar Patel, Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, Harsh Patel and Nilam Parikh previously pleaded guilty on April 13; April 26; May 11; and May 18, respectively.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>HSI, DHS-OIG and TIGTA led the investigation of this case. Also providing significant support were: the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs; Ft. Bend County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; police departments in Hoffman Estates and Naperville, Illinois, and in Leonia, New Jersey; San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Family Protection and Elder Abuse Unit; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General; IOC-2; INTERPOL Washington; USCIS; U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service; and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices in Northern District of Alabama, District of Arizona, Central District of California, Northern District of California, District of Colorado, Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, District of Nevada and District of New Jersey. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau also provided assistance in TIGTA’s investigation.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Senior Trial Attorney Michael Sheckels and Trial Attorney Mona Sahaf of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Trial Attorney Robert Stapleton of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Mark McIntyre and Craig M. Feazel of the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting the case. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>A</span></span><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/victim-witness-program/us-v-hglobal" target="_blank"><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span> Department of Justice website</span></span></a> <span><span>has been established to provide information about the case to already identified and potential victims and the public. Anyone who believes they may be a victim of fraud or identity theft in relation to this investigation or other telefraud scam phone calls may contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via this </span></span><a href="https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/" target="_blank"><span><span>website</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Anyone who wants additional information about telefraud scams generally, or preventing identity theft or fraudulent use of their identity information, may obtain helpful information on the IRS tax scams </span></span><a href="https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts" target="_blank"><span><span>website</span></span></a><span><span>, the FTC phone scam </span></span><a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams" target="_blank"><span><span>website</span></span></a><span><span> and the FTC identity theft </span></span><a href="http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft" target="_blank"><span><span>website</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/five-more-defendants-plead-guilty-their-roles-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/five-more-defendants-plead-guilty-their-roles-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:35:27 +0000 alan.smith 3152 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Government Employee Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Illegal Gratuities and Impersonation of A United States Immigration Officer https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/05232017/former-government-employee-pleads-guilty-receipt-illegal <span>Former Government Employee Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Illegal Gratuities and Impersonation of A United States Immigration Officer</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:05</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-05-23T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, May 23, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4041/download?token=iyZaI8ow" type="application/pdf; length=258398">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(252.34 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><strong><span>Baltimore</span></strong><span>, Maryland – John Theis, age 40, of Sparrows Point, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to receipt of illegal gratuities and impersonation of a United States officer. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>The guilty plea was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Mark Tasky of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG); Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Kimberly Lappin of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>According to his plea agreement, from January 2015 through his resignation in September 2015, Theis worked at the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship &amp; Immigration Services (USCIS) in Baltimore, Maryland. Theis was an Immigration Services Officer (ISO), whose duties and responsibilities included adjudicating immigration and citizenship cases and granting permanent residence status. Theis was required to obtain approval for any outside employment and no such requests had been submitted by Theis seeking or gaining such approval. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>From 2014 and through his departure from federal service, Theis accepted cash in return for promising favorable immigration adjudications for a number of aliens. On one occasion, while working at USCIS, Theis advised an alien on the documents needed for a green card approval. Additionally, Theis took photos of the applicant’s case file from a USCIS database. In exchange, Theis received approximately $500 from the alien applicant.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>Beginning in December of 2014 through February 2015, Theis and a co-conspirator agreed to work together in an immigration business to assist immigrants with getting their paperwork approved through USCIS. Theis would do presentations at an immigration program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). There, Theis would wear clothes that identified him as an immigration officer in order to influence new clients into paying him for assistance with immigration paperwork. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>In April 2015, Theis went on disability leave after making false statements about his ability to work. He also took various forms of paid leave and never returned to the USCIS. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>On September 29, 2015, Theis resigned from government service and left for Brazil in October 2015. He continued to do immigration work in Brazil while holding himself out to be a special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) until his return to the United States and arrest in December 2016. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>The approximate value of gratuities Theis received was over $15,000. He also received over $1,600 in disability benefits to which he was not entitled. </span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>Theis faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison for receipt of illegal gratuities and a maximum sentence of three years in prison for impersonation of a United States officer. U.S. District Judge George L. Russell has scheduled sentencing for August 8, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span>Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended DHS OIG, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Professional Responsibility, USCIS, FBI, and IRS for their work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sandra Wilkinson and Paul E. Budlow, who are prosecuting the case.</span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/former-government-employee-pleads-guilty-receipt-illegal-gratuities-and-impersonation">https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/former-government-employee-pleads-guilty-receipt-illegal-gratuities-and-impersonation</a></p> </div> Thu, 25 May 2017 14:05:57 +0000 alan.smith 3124 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Third Indian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/05112017/third-indian-national-pleads-guilty-role-multimillion-dollar <span>Third Indian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/12/2017 - 16:02</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-05-11T12:00:00Z">Thursday, May 11, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4017/download?token=h8eDSrUq" type="application/pdf; length=188105">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(183.7 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span><span>An Indian national pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his role in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through various telephone fraud and money laundering schemes via India-based call centers. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas, Executive Associate Director Peter T. Edge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Inspector General J. Russell George of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Inspector General John Roth of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) made the announcement.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Harsh Patel, 28, an Indian national who most recently resided in Piscataway, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas. Sentencing is set for Aug. 7, 2017.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>According to admissions made in connection with the plea, Patel and his co-conspirators perpetrated a complex scheme in which individuals from call centers located in Ahmedabad, India, impersonated officials from the IRS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the United States. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call center operators targeted U.S. victims who were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay alleged monies owed to the government. Victims who agreed to pay the scammers were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing stored value cards or wiring money. Upon payment, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of “runners” based in the U.S. to liquidate and launder the fraudulently-obtained funds.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>According to his plea, since around January 2015, Patel worked as a runner operating primarily in New Jersey, California and Illinois. At the direction of India-based co-conspirators, often via electronic WhatsApp text communications, Patel admitted to purchasing reloadable cards registered with misappropriated personal identifying information of U.S. citizens. Once victim scam proceeds were loaded onto those cards, Patel admitted that he liquidated the proceeds on the cards and transferred the funds into money orders for deposit into various bank accounts while keeping a percentage of the victim funds for himself. Patel also admitted to receiving fake identification documents from an India-based co-conspirator and other sources and using those documents to receive victim scam payments via wire transfers. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>To date, Patel, 55 other individuals, and five India-based call centers have been charged for their roles in the fraud and money laundering scheme in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas on Oct. 19, 2016. Patel is the third defendant thus far to plead guilty in this case. Co-defendants Bharatkumar Patel, aka Bharat Patel, 43, and Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, 28, pleaded guilty on April 13, 2017, and April 26, 2017, respectively.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>HSI, DHS OIG and TIGTA led the investigation of this case. Also providing significant support was the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs; Ft. Bend County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; police departments in Hoffman Estates and Naperville, Illinois, and Leonia, New Jersey; San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Family Protection/Elder Abuse Unit; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Small Business Administration - Office of Inspector General; IOC-2; INTERPOL Washington; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS; U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service; and U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Northern District of Alabama, District of Arizona, Central District of California, Northern District of California, District of Colorado, Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, District of Nevada and District of New Jersey. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau also provided assistance in TIGTA’s investigation.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Senior Trial Attorney Michael Sheckels and Trial Attorney Mona Sahaf of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Trial Attorney Robert Stapleton of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Mark McIntyre and Craig M. Feazel of the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting the case. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>A</span></span><a href="https://crm-shares/usao-sdtx/victim-witness-program/us-v-hglobal"><span><span> Department of Justice website</span></span><span><span> (link is external)</span></span></a><span><span> has been established to provide information about the case to already identified and potential victims and the public. Anyone who believes they may be a victim of fraud or identity theft in relation to this investigation or other telefraud scam phone calls may contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via this </span></span><a href="https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/"><span><span>website</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></p> <p><span><span>Anyone who wants additional information about telefraud scams generally, or preventing identity theft or fraudulent use of their identity information, may obtain helpful information on the IRS tax scams </span></span><a href="https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts"><span><span>website</span></span></a><span><span>, the FTC phone scam </span></span><a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams"><span><span>website</span></span></a><span><span> and the FTC identity theft </span></span><a href="http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft"><span><span>website</span></span></a><span><span>.</span></span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/third-indian-national-pleads-guilty-role-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center-scam">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/third-indian-national-pleads-guilty-role-multimillion-dollar-india-based-call-center-scam</a></p> </div> Fri, 12 May 2017 20:02:18 +0000 alan.smith 3104 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Technology Woes Hamper ICE Tracking of VISA Overstays https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/05042017/technology-woes-hamper-ice-tracking-visa-overstays <span>Technology Woes Hamper ICE Tracking of VISA Overstays</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:58</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-05-04T12:00:00Z">Thursday, May 4, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/4007/download?token=-Jyc2uIl" type="application/pdf; length=104390">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(101.94 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" hreflang="en">ICE</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> Fri, 12 May 2017 16:58:05 +0000 alan.smith 3099 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Fraud Alert: DHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Has Been Used in Scam To Obtain Personally Identifiable Information https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/04192017/fraud-alert-dhs-oig-hotline-telephone-number-has-been-used-scam <span>Fraud Alert: DHS OIG Hotline Telephone Number Has Been Used in Scam To Obtain Personally Identifiable Information</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:16</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-04-19T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, April 19, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3878/download?token=JOopWDjN" type="application/pdf; length=132587">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(129.48 KB)</span> </span> </div> Mon, 01 May 2017 14:16:30 +0000 alan.smith 2872 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Indian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/04132017/indian-national-pleads-guilty-role-multimillion-dollar-india <span>Indian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/01/2017 - 10:13</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-04-13T12:00:00Z">Thursday, April 13, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3874/download?token=uVfhfpm5" type="application/pdf; length=127769">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(124.77 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">An Indian national pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his role in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through various telephone fraud and money laundering schemes via India-based call centers. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas, Executive Associate Director Peter T. Edge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Inspector General J. Russell George of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Inspector General John Roth of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) made the announcement.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, 28, an Indian national who most recently resided in Austin, Texas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas. Sentencing is currently set for July 21, 2017. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">According to admissions made in connection with the plea, Chaudhari and his co-conspirators perpetrated a complex scheme in which individuals from call centers located in Ahmedabad, India, impersonated officials from the IRS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in a ruse designed to defraud victims located throughout the United States. Using information obtained from data brokers and other sources, call center operators targeted U.S. victims who were threatened with arrest, imprisonment, fines or deportation if they did not pay alleged monies owed to the government. Victims who agreed to pay the scammers were instructed how to provide payment, including by purchasing stored value cards or wiring money, and upon payment, the call centers would immediately turn to a network of “runners” based in the U.S. to liquidate and launder the fraudulently-obtained funds.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">According to his plea, since in or about April 2014, Chaudhari worked as a member of a crew of runners operating in Illinois, Georgia, Nevada, Texas and elsewhere throughout the country. At the direction of both U.S. and India-based co-conspirators, often via electronic WhatsApp text communications, Chaudhari admitted to driving around the country with other runners to purchase reloadable cards registered with misappropriated personal identifying information of U.S. citizens. Once victim scam proceeds were loaded onto those cards, Chaudhari admitted that he liquidated the proceeds on the cards and transferred the funds into money orders for deposit into various bank accounts while keeping a percentage of the victim funds for himself. Chaudhari also admitted to shipping money orders purchased with victim funds to other U.S. based co-conspirators, receiving fake identification documents from an India-based co-conspirator and using those documents to receive victim scam payments via wire transfers. </span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">To date, Chaudhari, 55 other individuals and five India-based call centers have been charged for their roles in the fraud and money laundering scheme in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas on Oct. 19, 2016. Chaudhari is the second defendant thus far to plead guilty in this case.</span></p> <p>The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.</p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">HSI, DHS-OIG and TIGTA led the investigation of this case. </span> <span>Also providing significant support was the Ft. Bend County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office; police departments in Hoffman Estates and Naperville, Illinois, and Leonia, New Jersey; San Diego County District Attorney’s Office Family Protection/Elder Abuse Unit; U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Small Business Administration - Office of Inspector General; IOC-2; INTERPOL Washington; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service; and U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Northern District of Alabama, District of Arizona, Central District of California, Northern District of California, District of Colorado, Northern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, District of Nevada and District of New Jersey. The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau also provided assistance in TIGTA’s investigation.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Senior Trial Attorney Michael Sheckels and Trial Attorney Mona Sahaf of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Trial Attorney Robert Stapleton of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys S. Mark McIntyre and Craig M. Feazel of the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting the case. </span></p> <p>A<a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/victim-witness-program/us-v-hglobal" target="_blank"> Department of Justice website</a> has been established to provide information about the case to already identified and potential victims, and the public. Anyone who believes they may be a victim of fraud or identity theft in relation to this investigation or other telefraud scam phone calls may contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) via this <a href="https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> <p>Anyone who wants additional information about telefraud scams generally, or preventing identity theft or fraudulent use of their identity information, may obtain helpful information on the IRS tax scams <a href="https://www.irs.gov/uac/tax-scams-consumer-alerts" target="_blank">website</a>, the FTC phone scam <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams" target="_blank">website</a> and the FTC identity theft <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/idtheft" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/second-indian-national-pleads-guilty-role-multi-million-dollar-india-based-call-center-scam">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/second-indian-national-pleads-guilty-role-multi-million-dollar-india-based-call-center-scam</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 01 May 2017 14:13:21 +0000 alan.smith 2870 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov ICIG, DHS, and DOJ OIGs Release Joint Report on the Domestic Sharing of Counterterrorism Information https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/03312017/icig-dhs-and-doj-oigs-release-joint-report-domestic-sharing <span>ICIG, DHS, and DOJ OIGs Release Joint Report on the Domestic Sharing of Counterterrorism Information</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/135" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">alan.smith</span></span> <span>Fri, 03/31/2017 - 16:03</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-03-31T12:00:00Z">Friday, March 31, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3855/download?token=Vi_0IL9F" type="application/pdf; length=122604">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(119.73 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Others</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/11" hreflang="en">Counterterrorism</a></div> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:03:33 +0000 alan.smith 2734 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Announces Review of Implementation of Executive Order https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/02022017/inspector-general-announces-review-implementation-executive-order <span>Inspector General Announces Review of Implementation of Executive Order</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/07/2017 - 21:49</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-02-02T12:00:00Z">Thursday, February 2, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3881/download?token=vAMR1HES" type="application/pdf; length=86153">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(84.13 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span>Today, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) announced that it will review DHS’ implementation of the recent Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The review is being initiated in response to congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints. </span></p> <p><span>In addition to reviewing the implementation of the Executive Order, the OIG will review DHS’ adherence to court orders and allegations of individual misconduct on the part of DHS personnel. If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review. </span></p> <p><span>At the culmination of its review, the DHS OIG will provide a final report to Secretary Kelly, the Congress, and the public.</span></p> </div> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 02:49:26 +0000 tony.stark 2674 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Urgently Recommends USCIS Halt Plans to Use the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) for Naturalization Application Processing https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2017/01222017/dhs-oig-urgently-recommends-uscis-halt-plans-use-electronic <span>DHS OIG Urgently Recommends USCIS Halt Plans to Use the Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) for Naturalization Application Processing</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Wed, 01/25/2017 - 20:59</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2017-01-23T12:00:00Z">Monday, January 23, 2017</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3766/download?token=OFISh4QT" type="application/pdf; length=103179">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(100.76 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/4" hreflang="en">MGMT</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:59:47 +0000 tony.stark 2665 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov ThunderCat Technology agrees to $1 million civil settlement for bid-rigging and kickback schemes https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/2652 <span>ThunderCat Technology agrees to $1 million civil settlement for bid-rigging and kickback schemes</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:22</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-12-15T12:00:00Z">Thursday, December 15, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3732/download?token=CETp6uVk" type="application/pdf; length=105265">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(102.8 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p><span>ALEXANDRIA, Va. – ThunderCat Technology, LLC, located in Reston, has agreed to pay $1 million to settle civil False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Act, and Procurement Integrity Act claims relating to bid rigging and kickback schemes in connection with six government procurements.</span></p> <p><span>The settlement resolves civil claims against ThunderCat relating to the criminal pleas entered by ThunderCat principal, co-owner, and general manager, Edwin Keith McMeans, and ThunderCat sales representative, Anthony Bilby.  From September 2008 to February 2012, ThunderCat solicited or submitted inflated third party bids or “loser bids” during competitions for five government contracts and/or purchase orders awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on behalf of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and one government contract awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA).  In connection with one CBP contract, ThunderCat agreed to pay CPB employees 10 percent of ThunderCat’s profits on the contract in exchange for procurement sensitive independent government cost estimates prior to ThunderCat’s submission of its proposal.</span></p> <p><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">The resolutions obtained in this matter were the result of a coordinated effort between the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Offices of Inspector General for DHS and GSA.</span></p> <p><span>The civil matter was investigated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Roushdy.  The civil claims settled by this False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Act, and Procurement Integrity Act agreement are allegations only; there has been no determination of civil liability.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the </span><a href="http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank"><span>District Court</span></a><span> for the Eastern District of Virginia or on </span><a href="https://pcl.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank"><span>PACER</span></a><span> by searching for Criminal Case No. 1:15-cr-264 (Edwin Keith McMeans) and No. 1:13-cr-466 (Anthony Bilby).</span></p> <p><span>A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the </span><a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae" target="_blank"><span>U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia</span></a><span>.</span></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/thundercat-agrees-civil-settlement-bid-rigging-and-kickback-schemes">https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/thundercat-agrees-civil-settlement-bid-rigging-and-kickback-schemes</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:22:59 +0000 tony.stark 2652 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Recurring Problems with FEMA’s Grants Management Places Billions of Dollars at Risk https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/2648 <span>Recurring Problems with FEMA’s Grants Management Places Billions of Dollars at Risk</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sat, 01/07/2017 - 02:06</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-12-07T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, December 7, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3724/download?token=fChCDfwN" type="application/pdf; length=110523">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(107.93 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:06:30 +0000 tony.stark 2648 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Finds USCIS Continues to Struggle to Ensure Proper Green Card Issuance https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/2647 <span>OIG Finds USCIS Continues to Struggle to Ensure Proper Green Card Issuance </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sat, 01/07/2017 - 02:01</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-11-21T12:00:00Z">Monday, November 21, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3723/download?token=nnY9dNs1" type="application/pdf; length=69082">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(67.46 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/6" hreflang="en">USCIS</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:01:39 +0000 tony.stark 2647 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Employees Honored https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/2004 <span>DHS OIG Employees Honored</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/04/2016 - 22:15</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-10-20T12:00:00Z">Thursday, October 20, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2690/download?token=O_KwY37g" type="application/pdf; length=79103">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(77.25 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/unity-of-effort" hreflang="en">Unity of Effort</a></div> </div> Sat, 05 Nov 2016 02:15:51 +0000 tony.stark 2004 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Sensitive Secret Service Data at Risk of Unauthorized Access and Disclosure https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/1834 <span>Sensitive Secret Service Data at Risk of Unauthorized Access and Disclosure</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/16/2016 - 21:56</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-10-14T12:00:00Z">Friday, October 14, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2515/download?token=fuNxHwsk" type="application/pdf; length=83877">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(81.91 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/secret-service" hreflang="en">Secret Service</a></div> </div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:56:51 +0000 tony.stark 1834 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/1835 <span>Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/16/2016 - 22:06</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-09-19T12:00:00Z">Monday, September 19, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2516/download?token=40GCtAIG" type="application/pdf; length=90083">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(87.97 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:06:44 +0000 tony.stark 1835 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Completes Three Rounds of Unannounced Random Inspections of CBP and ICE Detention Facilities https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/1836 <span>DHS OIG Completes Three Rounds of Unannounced Random Inspections of CBP and ICE Detention Facilities</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/16/2016 - 22:07</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-07-28T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 28, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2517/download?token=G7M2xAI0" type="application/pdf; length=69046">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(67.43 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:07:35 +0000 tony.stark 1836 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov New Report Finds IT Management Challenges Continue at TSA https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/1837 <span>New Report Finds IT Management Challenges Continue at TSA</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/16/2016 - 22:08</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-05-12T12:00:00Z">Thursday, May 12, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2518/download?token=plQK5iZv" type="application/pdf; length=90406">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(88.29 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/transportation-security" hreflang="en">Transportation Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:08:25 +0000 tony.stark 1837 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Opens Investigation of Alleged Profiling by the Transportation Security Administration https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2016/05042016/inspector-general-opens-investigation-alleged-profiling <span>Inspector General Opens Investigation of Alleged Profiling by the Transportation Security Administration</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/16/2016 - 22:09</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-05-05T12:00:00Z">Thursday, May 5, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2520/download?token=kjYQd69d" type="application/pdf; length=65753">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(64.21 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/transportation-security" hreflang="en">Transportation Security</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/5" hreflang="en">TSA</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue oversight-area"><a href="/taxonomy/term/16" hreflang="en">Transportation Security</a></div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:09:15 +0000 tony.stark 1838 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov FEMA Fails to Analyze Recurring OIG Recommendations and Misses Opportunities to Improve Its Preparedness Grant Program https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2016/03232016/fema-fails-analyze-recurring-oig-recommendations-and-misses <span>FEMA Fails to Analyze Recurring OIG Recommendations and Misses Opportunities to Improve Its Preparedness Grant Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/16/2016 - 22:09</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-03-24T12:00:00Z">Thursday, March 24, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2521/download?token=Ce0SIJLy" type="application/pdf; length=56001">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(54.69 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-preparedness" hreflang="en">Disaster Preparedness</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" hreflang="en">FEMA</a></div> </div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:09:58 +0000 tony.stark 1839 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov USCIS Automation of Immigration Benefits Processing Remains Ineffective https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/1841 <span>USCIS Automation of Immigration Benefits Processing Remains Ineffective</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/16/2016 - 22:12</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-03-15T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, March 15, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2523/download?token=97nnVe3t" type="application/pdf; length=54943">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(53.66 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue dhs-agency"> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/6" hreflang="en">USCIS</a></div> </div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:12:21 +0000 tony.stark 1841 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Initiates Periodic Inspections of CBP & ICE Detention Facilities https://www.oig.dhs.gov/node/1840 <span>DHS OIG Initiates Periodic Inspections of CBP &amp; ICE Detention Facilities</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 10/16/2016 - 22:11</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2016-03-15T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, March 15, 2016</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/2522/download?token=rvtCD2D3" type="application/pdf; length=76110">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(74.33 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 02:11:08 +0000 tony.stark 1840 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov FEMA’s Decentralized IT Environment is Overly Complex, Difficult to Secure, and Costly to Maintain https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/11292015/femas-decentralized-it-environment-overly-complex-difficult <span>FEMA’s Decentralized IT Environment is Overly Complex, Difficult to Secure, and Costly to Maintain</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-11-30T12:00:00Z">Monday, November 30, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3000/download?token=AIFb3s37" type="application/pdf; length=120358">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(117.54 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2005 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Federal Protective Service Mismanaged Vehicle Fleet https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/10252015/federal-protective-service-mismanaged-vehicle-fleet <span>Federal Protective Service Mismanaged Vehicle Fleet</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-10-26T12:00:00Z">Monday, October 26, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3001/download?token=D316n3_R" type="application/pdf; length=126954">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(123.98 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/fps" hreflang="en">Federal Protective Service</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2006 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Uses Data Analytics to Find FEMA Paid $250 Million in Duplicate Benefits After Hurricane Sandy https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/10222015/oig-uses-data-analytics-find-fema-paid-250-million-duplicate <span>OIG Uses Data Analytics to Find FEMA Paid $250 Million in Duplicate Benefits After Hurricane Sandy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-10-23T12:00:00Z">Friday, October 23, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3002/download?token=krbozDZu" type="application/pdf; length=137724">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(134.5 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2007 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Reopens Investigation of Improper Access and Dissemination of Personal Information Contained Within a Secret Service Database https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/10042015/inspector-general-reopens-investigation-improper-access-and <span>Inspector General Reopens Investigation of Improper Access and Dissemination of Personal Information Contained Within a Secret Service Database</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-10-05T12:00:00Z">Monday, October 5, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3003/download?token=T7TJsZvs" type="application/pdf; length=50344">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(49.16 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/secret-service" hreflang="en">Secret Service</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2008 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Completes Investigation of Improper Access and Dissemination of Personal Information Contained Within a Secret Service Database https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/09292015/inspector-general-completes-investigation-improper-access-and <span>Inspector General Completes Investigation of Improper Access and Dissemination of Personal Information Contained Within a Secret Service Database</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-09-30T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, September 30, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3004/download?token=VFjhKB8J" type="application/pdf; length=60920">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(59.49 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/secret-service" hreflang="en">Secret Service</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2009 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Finds Substantial Abuse of FEMA Grant by Houston Hospital https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/09292015/oig-finds-substantial-abuse-fema-grant-houston-hospital <span>OIG Finds Substantial Abuse of FEMA Grant by Houston Hospital</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-09-30T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, September 30, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3005/download?token=T1MP5FaP" type="application/pdf; length=120009">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(117.2 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2010 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS-OIG’s Fiscal Year 2014 Disaster-Related Reports Represent $1 Billion in Potential Monetary Savings https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/09232015/dhs-oigs-fiscal-year-2014-disaster-related-reports-represent-1 <span>DHS-OIG’s Fiscal Year 2014 Disaster-Related Reports Represent $1 Billion in Potential Monetary Savings</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-09-24T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 24, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3006/download?token=u34VlACZ" type="application/pdf; length=121568">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(118.72 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2011 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Improved Coordination Needed to Meet Cyber Threats https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/09142015/improved-coordination-needed-meet-cyber-threats <span>Improved Coordination Needed to Meet Cyber Threats</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-09-15T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, September 15, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3007/download?token=FKtIrbIS" type="application/pdf; length=144437">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(141.05 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/unity-of-effort" hreflang="en">Unity of Effort</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2012 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Federal Grand Jury Indicts Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer and Wife In Alleged Alien Smuggling Conspiracy https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/08262015/federal-grand-jury-indicts-supervisory-customs-and-border <span>Federal Grand Jury Indicts Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer and Wife In Alleged Alien Smuggling Conspiracy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-08-27T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 27, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3008/download?token=CyRSbi8D" type="application/pdf; length=42130">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(41.14 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2013 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Needs to Improve Grant Guidance for Public Safety Communications Equipment https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/08192015/dhs-needs-improve-grant-guidance-public-safety-communications <span>DHS Needs to Improve Grant Guidance for Public Safety Communications Equipment</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-08-20T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 20, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3009/download?token=Y_3dQUw-" type="application/pdf; length=173466">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(169.4 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-preparedness" hreflang="en">Disaster Preparedness</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2014 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Finds USCIS Did Not Deliberately Violate Court Injunction https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/08122015/inspector-general-finds-uscis-did-not-deliberately-violate-court <span>Inspector General Finds USCIS Did Not Deliberately Violate Court Injunction </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-08-13T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 13, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3010/download?token=gtOL9jL5" type="application/pdf; length=140243">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(136.96 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2015 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Makes Recommendations to Strengthen DHS’ Oversight of Government Charge Cards https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/08102015/inspector-general-makes-recommendations-strengthen-dhs-oversight <span>Inspector General Makes Recommendations to Strengthen DHS’ Oversight of Government Charge Cards </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-08-11T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 11, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3011/download?token=BmDm4MIY" type="application/pdf; length=142718">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(139.37 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/financial-management" hreflang="en">Financial Management</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2016 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Inspector General Releases Statement Supporting Inspectors General Access to Information https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/07262015/dhs-inspector-general-releases-statement-supporting-inspectors <span>DHS Inspector General Releases Statement Supporting Inspectors General Access to Information </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-07-27T12:00:00Z">Monday, July 27, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3012/download?token=AJueNrk6" type="application/pdf; length=126480">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(123.52 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2017 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov TSA’s Actions Insufficient to Address Inspector General Recommendations to Improve its Office of Inspection https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/07122015/tsas-actions-insufficient-address-inspector-general <span>TSA’s Actions Insufficient to Address Inspector General Recommendations to Improve its Office of Inspection</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-07-13T12:00:00Z">Monday, July 13, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3013/download?token=QDhEJnIk" type="application/pdf; length=140712">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(137.41 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/transportation-security" hreflang="en">Transportation Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2018 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Silk Road Task Force Agent Pleads Guilty to Extortion, Money Laundering and Obstruction https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/07012015/former-silk-road-task-force-agent-pleads-guilty-extortion-money <span>Former Silk Road Task Force Agent Pleads Guilty to Extortion, Money Laundering and Obstruction</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-07-01T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, July 1, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3681/download?token=Aj63nw4M" type="application/pdf; length=91486">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(89.34 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>A former DEA agent pleaded guilty today to extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice, which he committed while working as an undercover agent investigating Silk Road, an online marketplace used to facilitate the purchase and sale of illegal drugs and other contraband.</p> <p>Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California, Chief Richard Weber of the IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of  FBI’s San Francisco Division, Special Agent in Charge Michael P. Tompkins of the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General’s Washington, D.C. Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Lori Hazenstab of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General in Washington D.C. made the announcement.</p> <p>“While investigating the Silk Road, former DEA Agent Carl Force crossed the line from enforcing the law to breaking it,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “Seduced by the perceived anonymity of virtual currency and the dark web, Force used invented online personas and encrypted messaging to fraudulently obtain bitcoin worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from the government and investigative targets alike.  This guilty plea should send a strong message: neither the supposed anonymity of the dark web nor the use of virtual currency nor the misuse of a law enforcement badge will serve as a shield from the reach of the law.”</p> <p>“Mr. Force has admitted using his position of authority to weave a complex veil of deception for personal profit,” said U.S. Attorney Haag.  “Mr. Force’s actions put at risk other important investigations and betrayed the trust placed in him by his law enforcement partners and the public.  We are grateful for the work done by our federal partners to assist in unraveling this crime.”</p> <p>“Through following the money in the Silk Road investigation it became clear that the defendant was engaged in wire fraud, money laundering, and other related offenses,” said Chief Weber.  “He used his position in the investigation to bring himself significant personal financial gain.  This investigation sends a clear message -- no person, especially those entrusted with the public’s trust such as federal law enforcement, is above the law and IRS-CI will use their financial investigative skills to track you down.”</p> <p>Carl M. Force, 46, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California to an information charging him with money laundering, obstruction of justice and extortion under color of official right.  Force’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015.</p> <p>Force was a Special Agent with the DEA for 15 years.  Between 2012 and 2014, he was assigned to the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, a multi-agency group investigating illegal activity on the Silk Road.  Force was the lead undercover agent in communication with <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/ross-ulbricht-aka-dread-pirate-roberts-sentenced-manhattan-federal-court-life-prison" target="_blank">Ross Ulbricht</a>, aka “Dread Pirate Roberts,” who ran the Silk Road.</p> <p>In connection with his guilty plea, Force admitted that, while working in an undercover capacity using his DEA-sanctioned persona, “Nob,” in the summer of 2013, Force offered to sell Ulbricht fake drivers’ licenses and “inside” law enforcement information about the Silk Road investigation, which information Nob claimed to have accessed through a corrupt government employee.  Force admitted that he attempted to conceal his communications with Ulbricht about the payments by directing Ulbricht to use encrypted messaging.  Although Force understood these payments, which were made in bitcoin, to be government property, as they constituted evidence of a crime, he admitted that he falsified official reports and stole the funds, depositing the bitcoin into his own personal account and then converting them into dollars.  Force admitted that, at the time, the value of the bitcoin he received from Ulbricht was in excess of approximately $100,000.</p> <p>Force also admitted that he devised and participated in a scheme to fraudulently obtain additional funds from Ulbricht through another online persona, “French Maid,” of which his Task Force colleagues were not aware.  Force admitted that, as French Maid, he solicited and received bitcoin payments from Ulbricht worth approximately $100,000 in exchange for information concerning the government’s investigation into the Silk Road.</p> <p>In connection with his guilty plea, Force also admitted that, in late 2013, in his personal capacity, he invested $110,000 worth of bitcoin in CoinMKT, a digital currency exchange company.  Although he did not receive permission from the DEA to do so, he served as CoinMKT’s Chief Compliance Officer.  In this role, in February 2014, Force was alerted by CoinMKT to what the company initially believed to be suspicious activity in a particular account.  Force admitted that, thereafter, in his capacity as a DEA agent, but without authority or a legal basis to do so, he directed CoinMKT to freeze $337,000 in cash and digital currency from the account and he subsequently transferred the approximately $300,000 of digital currency funds into a personal account that he controlled.</p> <p>Force also admitted to entering into a $240,000 contract with 20th Century Fox Film Studios related to a film concerning the government’s investigation into the Silk Road.  Force admitted that he did not secure the necessary approvals from the DEA to do so.</p> <p>According to his plea agreement, Force admitted that he had obstructed justice both by soliciting and accepting bitcoin from Ulricht and by lying to federal prosecutors and agents who were investigating potential misconduct by Force and others.</p> <p>The investigation is ongoing.  To date, Force is one of two federal agents charged with crimes in connection to their roles in investigating the Silk Road.  Shaun W. Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, a former Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service, is charged in a two-count information with money laundering and obstruction of justice related to his diversion of over $800,000 in digital currency that he gained control over as part of the Silk Road investigation.  The charges contained in an information are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.</p> <p>The case was investigated by the FBI’s San Francisco Division, the IRS-CI’s San Francisco Division, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General in Washington, D.C.  The following additional components assisted with the investigation: IRS-CI’s New York Field Office, HSI’s Chicago/O’Hare Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia and the FBI Legal Attaché Office in Tokyo. </p> <p>The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathryn Haun and William Frentzen of the Northern District of California and Trial Attorney Richard B. Evans of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorney Arvon Perteet. </p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-silk-road-task-force-agent-pleads-guilty-extortion-money-laundering-and-obstruction">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-silk-road-task-force-agent-pleads-guilty-extortion-money-laundering-and-obstruction</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2019 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov TSA Can Improve Aviation Worker Vetting https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/06072015/tsa-can-improve-aviation-worker-vetting <span>TSA Can Improve Aviation Worker Vetting </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-06-08T12:00:00Z">Monday, June 8, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3015/download?token=E9kGzu0f" type="application/pdf; length=60829">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(59.4 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/transportation-security" hreflang="en">Transportation Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2020 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Almost 15 Years after the September 11th Terrorist Attacks, DHS Still Has Not Achieved Interoperable Communications https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/06072015/almost-15-years-after-september-11th-terrorist-attacks-dhs-still <span>Almost 15 Years after the September 11th Terrorist Attacks, DHS Still Has Not Achieved Interoperable Communications</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-06-08T12:00:00Z">Monday, June 8, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3016/download?token=AneN3Fy4" type="application/pdf; length=150854">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(147.32 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/unity-of-effort" hreflang="en">Unity of Effort</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2021 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Completes Investigation of Events at White House Involving Suspicious Package Investigation on March 4, 2015 https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/05132015/inspector-general-completes-investigation-events-white-house <span>Inspector General Completes Investigation of Events at White House Involving Suspicious Package Investigation on March 4, 2015</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-05-14T12:00:00Z">Thursday, May 14, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3017/download?token=09ZwNZjD" type="application/pdf; length=139905">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(136.63 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/secret-service" hreflang="en">Secret Service</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2022 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Recommends FEMA Disallow $82.4 Million in Hurricane Katrina Grant Funds Due to Improper Contracting https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/04222015/inspector-general-recommends-fema-disallow-824-million-hurricane <span>Inspector General Recommends FEMA Disallow $82.4 Million in Hurricane Katrina Grant Funds Due to Improper Contracting</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-04-23T12:00:00Z">Thursday, April 23, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3018/download?token=GJaXYeRI" type="application/pdf; length=155263">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(151.62 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2023 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Inspector General Releases Management Advisory to Secret Service Regarding Alarm System Maintenance at Former Presidents’ Residences https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/04222015/inspector-general-releases-management-advisory-secret-service <span>Inspector General Releases Management Advisory to Secret Service Regarding Alarm System Maintenance at Former Presidents’ Residences</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-04-23T12:00:00Z">Thursday, April 23, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3019/download?token=tnKUWlBv" type="application/pdf; length=143655">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(140.29 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/secret-service" hreflang="en">Secret Service</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2024 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov CBP’s Non-Intrusive Inspection Equipment May Not Be Sufficiently Maintained https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/04202015/cbps-non-intrusive-inspection-equipment-may-not-be-sufficiently <span>CBP’s Non-Intrusive Inspection Equipment May Not Be Sufficiently Maintained </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-04-21T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, April 21, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3020/download?token=G05KT45A" type="application/pdf; length=120718">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(117.89 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/border-security" hreflang="en">Border Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2025 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov ICE Detainee Air Transportation Program Could Have Saved $41.1 Million https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/04162015/ice-detainee-air-transportation-program-could-have-saved-411 <span>ICE Detainee Air Transportation Program Could Have Saved $41.1 Million </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-04-17T12:00:00Z">Friday, April 17, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3021/download?token=L_ZqM4kS" type="application/pdf; length=121776">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(118.92 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2026 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov IG Releases Documents Underlying Investigation of Employee Complaints Regarding Management of USCIS’ EB-5 Program https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/04082015/ig-releases-documents-underlying-investigation-employee <span>IG Releases Documents Underlying Investigation of Employee Complaints Regarding Management of USCIS’ EB-5 Program </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-04-09T12:00:00Z">Thursday, April 9, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3022/download?token=tuBEgsVj" type="application/pdf; length=153278">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(149.69 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2027 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Federal Agents Charged With Bitcoin Money Laundering and Wire Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/03302015/former-federal-agents-charged-bitcoin-money-laundering-and-wire <span>Former Federal Agents Charged With Bitcoin Money Laundering and Wire Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-03-30T12:00:00Z">Monday, March 30, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3682/download?token=nInF1-JH" type="application/pdf; length=71532">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(69.86 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>Two former federal agents have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses for stealing digital currency during their investigation of the Silk Road, an underground black market that allowed users to conduct illegal transactions over the Internet.  The charges are contained in a federal criminal complaint issued on March 25, 2015, in the Northern District of California and unsealed today.</p> <p>Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California, Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of the FBI’s San Francisco Division, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation’s (IRS-CI) San Francisco Division, Special Agent in Charge Michael P. Tompkins of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General Washington Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Lori Hazenstab of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General in Washington D.C. made the announcement. </p> <p>Carl M. Force, 46, of Baltimore, was a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Shaun W. Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, was a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service (USSS).  Both were assigned to the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, which investigated illegal activity in the Silk Road marketplace.  Force served as an undercover agent and was tasked with establishing communications with a target of the investigation, Ross Ulbricht, aka “Dread Pirate Roberts.”  Force is charged with wire fraud, theft of government property, money laundering and conflict of interest.  Bridges is charged with wire fraud and money laundering. </p> <p>According to the complaint, Force was a DEA agent assigned to investigate the Silk Road marketplace.  During the investigation, Force engaged in certain authorized undercover  operations by, among other things, communicating online with “Dread Pirate Roberts” (Ulbricht), the target of his investigation.  The complaint alleges, however, that Force then, without authority, developed additional online personas and engaged in a broad range of illegal activities calculated to bring him personal financial gain.  In doing so, the complaint alleges, Force used fake online personas, and engaged in complex Bitcoin transactions to steal from the government and the targets of the investigation.  Specifically, Force allegedly solicited and received digital currency as part of the investigation, but failed to report his receipt of the funds, and instead transferred the currency to his personal account.  In one such transaction, Force allegedly sold information about the government’s investigation to the target of the investigation.  The complaint also alleges that Force invested in and worked for a digital currency exchange company while still working for the DEA, and that he directed the company to freeze a customer’s account with no legal basis to do so, then transferred the customer’s funds to his personal account.  Further, Force allegedly sent an unauthorized Justice Department subpoena to an online payment service directing that it unfreeze his personal account. </p> <p>Bridges allegedly diverted to his personal account over $800,000 in digital currency that he gained control of during the Silk Road investigation.  The complaint alleges that Bridges placed the assets into an account at Mt. Gox, the now-defunct digital currency exchange in Japan.  He then allegedly wired funds into one of his personal investment accounts in the United States mere days before he sought a $2.1 million seizure warrant for Mt. Gox’s accounts.     </p> <p>Bridges self-surrendered today and will appear before Magistrate Judge Maria-Elena James of the Northern District of California at 9:30 a.m. PST this morning.  Force was arrested on Friday, March 27, 2015, in Baltimore and will appear before Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan of the District of Maryland at 2:30 p.m. EST today. </p> <p>The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.</p> <p>The case was investigated by the FBI’s San Francisco Division, the IRS-CI’s San Francisco Division, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General and the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General in Washington D.C.  The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network also provided assistance with the investigation of this case.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathryn Haun and William Frentzen of the Northern District of California and Trial Attorney Richard B. Evans of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-federal-agents-charged-bitcoin-money-laundering-and-wire-fraud" target="_blank">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-federal-agents-charged-bitcoin-money-laundering-and-wire-fraud</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2028 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov IG Concludes Investigation of Employee Complaints Regarding Management of USCIS’ EB-5 Program https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/03232015/ig-concludes-investigation-employee-complaints-regarding <span>IG Concludes Investigation of Employee Complaints Regarding Management of USCIS’ EB-5 Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-03-24T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, March 24, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3024/download?token=M18Ve29-" type="application/pdf; length=135390">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(132.22 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2029 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Confirms CBP Overtime Pay Misuse https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/03222015/dhs-oig-confirms-cbp-overtime-pay-misuse <span>DHS OIG Confirms CBP Overtime Pay Misuse</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-03-23T12:00:00Z">Monday, March 23, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3025/download?token=nFGbe4DS" type="application/pdf; length=103178">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(100.76 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/border-security" hreflang="en">Border Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2030 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Finds Notorious Felon Allowed to Use TSA PreCheck Lanes https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/03182015/dhs-oig-finds-notorious-felon-allowed-use-tsa-precheck-lanes <span>DHS OIG Finds Notorious Felon Allowed to Use TSA PreCheck Lanes</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-03-19T12:00:00Z">Thursday, March 19, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3026/download?token=yb7Kr5PU" type="application/pdf; length=133627">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(130.5 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/transportation-security" hreflang="en">Transportation Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2031 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov IG to Investigate March 4, 2015 Secret Service Incident https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/03162015/ig-investigate-march-4-2015-secret-service-incident <span>IG to Investigate March 4, 2015 Secret Service Incident </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-03-17T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, March 17, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3027/download?token=T-mKJJZJ" type="application/pdf; length=131549">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(128.47 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/secret-service" hreflang="en">Secret Service</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2032 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov IG Protests TSA’s Edits of Audit Report https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/01222015/ig-protests-tsas-edits-audit-report <span>IG Protests TSA’s Edits of Audit Report</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-01-23T12:00:00Z">Friday, January 23, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3028/download?token=Z_lcOObt" type="application/pdf; length=119816">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(117.01 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/transportation-security" hreflang="en">Transportation Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2033 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov CBP Drones are Dubious Achievers https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2015/01052015/cbp-drones-are-dubious-achievers <span>CBP Drones are Dubious Achievers </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2015-01-06T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, January 6, 2015</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3029/download?token=bLmvzC-V" type="application/pdf; length=119601">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(116.8 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/border-security" hreflang="en">Border Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2034 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Flawed FEMA Insurance Reviews in Florida Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Millions in Losses https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/12302014/flawed-fema-insurance-reviews-florida-could-leave-taxpayers-hook <span>Flawed FEMA Insurance Reviews in Florida Could Leave Taxpayers on the Hook for Millions in Losses</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-12-31T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, December 31, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3030/download?token=m6QpcuMo" type="application/pdf; length=133859">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(130.72 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2035 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov IT Security Suffers from Noncompliance https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/12212014/it-security-suffers-noncompliance <span>IT Security Suffers from Noncompliance</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-12-22T12:00:00Z">Monday, December 22, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3031/download?token=3NTgODxE" type="application/pdf; length=107857">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(105.33 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2036 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Ocean County, NJ, Woman Admits Defrauding FEMA After Major Disasters https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/12112014/ocean-county-nj-woman-admits-defrauding-fema-after-major <span>Ocean County, NJ, Woman Admits Defrauding FEMA After Major Disasters </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-12-12T12:00:00Z">Friday, December 12, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3032/download?token=7GcRbpgP" type="application/pdf; length=32997">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(32.22 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2037 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Clean Books, Worrisome Weaknesses at DHS https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/11162014/clean-books-worrisome-weaknesses-dhs <span>Clean Books, Worrisome Weaknesses at DHS</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-11-17T12:00:00Z">Monday, November 17, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3033/download?token=OtrGs154" type="application/pdf; length=126182">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(123.22 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/financial-management" hreflang="en">Financial Management</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2038 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Integration Still a Challenge for DHS https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/11162014/integration-still-challenge-dhs <span>Integration Still a Challenge for DHS </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-11-17T12:00:00Z">Monday, November 17, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3034/download?token=WuGhZtYg" type="application/pdf; length=131206">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(128.13 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/unity-of-effort" hreflang="en">Unity of Effort</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2039 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov No Justification for Secret Service Diversion of Agents https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/10212014/no-justification-secret-service-diversion-agents <span>No Justification for Secret Service Diversion of Agents</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-10-22T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, October 22, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3036/download?token=5huXAB1O" type="application/pdf; length=127431">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(124.44 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/secret-service" hreflang="en">Secret Service</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2041 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Seeks Review of All Katrina Aid to Tulane https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/10212014/oig-seeks-review-all-katrina-aid-tulane <span>OIG Seeks Review of All Katrina Aid to Tulane </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-10-22T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, October 22, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3035/download?token=_GPzV8Ju" type="application/pdf; length=119037">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(116.25 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2040 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Improvements Continue at Detention Centers https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/10012014/improvements-continue-detention-centers <span>Improvements Continue at Detention Centers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-10-02T12:00:00Z">Thursday, October 2, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3037/download?token=NeAKV3Bt" type="application/pdf; length=145401">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(141.99 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2042 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Flawed FEMA System Could Hamper Disaster Relief https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/09302014/flawed-fema-system-could-hamper-disaster-relief <span>Flawed FEMA System Could Hamper Disaster Relief</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-10-01T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, October 1, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3038/download?token=Rx4TkSY6" type="application/pdf; length=150330">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(146.81 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-preparedness" hreflang="en">Disaster Preparedness</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2043 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Audit Cites Millions in Unaccounted-for Funds https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/09302014/oig-audit-cites-millions-unaccounted-funds <span>OIG Audit Cites Millions in Unaccounted-for Funds</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-10-01T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, October 1, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3039/download?token=SWmYe4_A" type="application/pdf; length=151988">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(148.43 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2044 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov FEMA Miscalculation Costs Taxpayers $12 Million https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/09242014/fema-miscalculation-costs-taxpayers-12-million <span>FEMA Miscalculation Costs Taxpayers $12 Million</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-09-25T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 25, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3040/download?token=3geIE8L6" type="application/pdf; length=151329">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(147.78 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2045 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov IG Roth Responds to GAO Report https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/09232014/ig-roth-responds-gao-report <span>IG Roth Responds to GAO Report </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-09-24T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, September 24, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3041/download?token=wMWWXLU5" type="application/pdf; length=121020">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(118.18 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2046 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Swanton Man Sentenced To Prison For Child Pornography Offense https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/09152014/swanton-man-sentenced-prison-child-pornography-offense <span>Swanton Man Sentenced To Prison For Child Pornography Offense</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-09-16T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, September 16, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3042/download?token=Yp-C4a36" type="application/pdf; length=104441">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(101.99 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2047 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Cost Overruns Pervasive for CBP Housing https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/09102014/cost-overruns-pervasive-cbp-housing <span>Cost Overruns Pervasive for CBP Housing</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-09-11T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 11, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3043/download?token=76bOcfNv" type="application/pdf; length=156745">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(153.07 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/border-security" hreflang="en">Border Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2048 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Check Out OIG’s Ongoing Projects, Upcoming Reports https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/09092014/check-out-oigs-ongoing-projects-upcoming-reports <span>Check Out OIG’s Ongoing Projects, Upcoming Reports</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-09-10T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, September 10, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3044/download?token=fbYM9fnF" type="application/pdf; length=133614">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(130.48 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2049 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Ill-Prepared for Pandemic Response https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/09072014/dhs-ill-prepared-pandemic-response <span>DHS Ill-Prepared for Pandemic Response</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-09-08T12:00:00Z">Monday, September 8, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3045/download?token=Bqi2OUAW" type="application/pdf; length=319154">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(311.67 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-response" hreflang="en">Disaster Response</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2050 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Finds Improved Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/08272014/oig-finds-improved-conditions-detention-centers-alien-children <span>OIG Finds Improved Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-08-28T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 28, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3046/download?token=R0zgVzAb" type="application/pdf; length=117023">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(114.28 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2051 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Allegation of CBP Gun Incident With Boy Scouts Unsubstantiated https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/08172014/allegation-cbp-gun-incident-boy-scouts-unsubstantiated <span>Allegation of CBP Gun Incident With Boy Scouts Unsubstantiated </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-08-18T12:00:00Z">Monday, August 18, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3047/download?token=f94i0OYM" type="application/pdf; length=121703">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(118.85 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/border-security" hreflang="en">Border Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2052 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Immigration Officer Convicted at Trial for Taking Bribes and Witness Tampering https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/07312014/former-immigration-officer-convicted-trial-taking-bribes-and <span>Former Immigration Officer Convicted at Trial for Taking Bribes and Witness Tampering</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-08-01T12:00:00Z">Friday, August 1, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3048/download?token=GhK_0RUl" type="application/pdf; length=37967">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(37.08 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2053 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Report on Detention of Alien Children https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/07292014/report-detention-alien-children <span>Report on Detention of Alien Children </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-07-30T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, July 30, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3049/download?token=hNYH9BmH" type="application/pdf; length=102002">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(99.61 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/immigration" hreflang="en">Immigration</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2054 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Company Pays Over $500K to Settle Overbilling Case https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/07082014/company-pays-over-500k-settle-overbilling-case <span>Company Pays Over $500K to Settle Overbilling Case</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-07-08T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, July 8, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3767/download?token=lNX3YZuv" type="application/pdf; length=59308">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(57.92 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>RE/MAX Allegiance Relocation Services, a Virginia-based move management company, has agreed to pay the government $509,807 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by overbilling for transportation services, the Department of Justice announced today.</p> <p>“Today’s settlement demonstrates our continuing vigilance to ensure that those doing business with the government do so legally and honestly and that taxpayer funds are not misused,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Stuart F. Delery. “Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of taxpayers will be held accountable.”</p> <p>The settlement relates to allegations involving contracts to transport personal property of federal employees relocating duty stations within the United States and between the United States and Canada. The government alleged that the defendant charged for move management services that were not provided and overbilled agencies on other moves by charging inapplicable tariff rates.</p> <p>“We encourage whistleblowers to provide us with useful information to help us combat all manners of fraud on the U.S. Government,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dana J. Boente.</p> <p>“We will continue to investigate allegations of federal contractors fraudulently maximizing their profits at the expense of American taxpayers,” said U.S. General Services Administration Acting Inspector General Robert C. Erickson.</p> <p>The settlement resolves allegations filed in a lawsuit by Michael Angel, a former employee of RE/MAX Allegiance Relocation Services, in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. The lawsuit was filed under the <em>qui tam, </em>or whistleblower<em>,</em> provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private individuals to sue on behalf of the government for false claims and to share in any recovery. The act also allows the government to intervene and take over the action, as it did in this case. Angel will receive $86,667.</p> <p>The settlement was the result of a coordinated effort by the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General and NASA Office of Inspector General.</p> <p>The case is captioned <em>United States ex rel. Michael Angel v. Franconia Real Estate Services, Inc., d/b/a RE/MAX Allegiance Relocation Services</em>; No. 1:12cv764 (E.D.Va.). The claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only; there has been no determination of liability.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/virginia-based-move-management-company-pays-more-500000-settle-overbilling-claims-connection">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/virginia-based-move-management-company-pays-more-500000-settle-overbilling-claims-connection</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/false-claims-act-investigations" hreflang="en">False Claims Act Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2055 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Man Admits Defrauding FEMA After Massachusetts Tornado In 2011 https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/06242014/man-admits-defrauding-fema-after-massachusetts-tornado-2011 <span>Man Admits Defrauding FEMA After Massachusetts Tornado In 2011 </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-06-25T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 25, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3051/download?token=LNVF_DEL" type="application/pdf; length=22424">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(21.9 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2056 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Third Defendant Pleads Guilty in Procurement Fraud Scheme Involving Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/06172014/third-defendant-pleads-guilty-procurement-fraud-scheme-involving <span>Third Defendant Pleads Guilty in Procurement Fraud Scheme Involving Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-06-17T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 17, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3769/download?token=1EIDcfqk" type="application/pdf; length=77689">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(75.87 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former service contractor for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pleaded guilty today for his role in accepting over $350,000 in connection with the awarding of a $24 million contract by CBP.</p> <p>Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; John Roth, Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Robert C. Erickson, Jr., Acting Inspector General, General Services Administration (GSA); Peggy E. Gustafson, Small Business Administration (SBA) Inspector General; and Richard J. Griffin, Acting Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.</p> <p>Chancellor Ellis, 37, of Manassas, Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obtain illegal gratuities and to violate the procurement integrity act.  Ellis faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced on September, 12, 2014.  He will also pay restitution and forfeiture in the amount of $351,176.60, representing the total amount of illicit payments sought and accepted by Ellis in connection with the procurement fraud scheme.</p> <p>In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Ellis admitted that, throughout the conspiracy, he worked for CBP as a service contractor.  Among other duties and responsibilities at CBP, Ellis worked as a technical advisor on a procurement for a Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization project.  The procurement resulted in an award to a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, identified in the statement of facts as Company T, at a contract price of approximately $24 million.</p> <p>Prior to the award to Company T, Ellis—who was actively working for CBP on the procurement—requested that Company T agree to pay ten percent of any profits from the WAN optimization contract to a company co-owned by Ellis.  Shortly after reaching this agreement with Company T, Ellis provided nonpublic source selection information related to the WAN optimization procurement, including independent government cost estimates, to Company T employee Anthony Bilby.  Bilby and other co-conspirators used the source selection information in crafting the winning bid on behalf of Company T.  Bilby and other conspirators also caused nominal competitors of Company T to submit rigged bids on the contract in excess of the amount of Company T’s bid.  After Company T won the contract, it paid $351,176.60—approximately ten percent of its profits—to Ellis’s company.</p> <p>As part of his plea agreement, Ellis has agreed to cooperate in the investigation of others involved in the conspiracy.  Two other co-conspirators, Anthony Bilby and Thomas Flynn, have previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy.</p> <p>This case was investigated by the Offices of the Inspector General for DHS, GSA, SBA, and the VA, with assistance from DHS’s Office of the Chief Security Officer, Cyber Forensic Branch.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kosta S. Stojilkovic is prosecuting the case.</p> <p>A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae" target="_blank">U.S. Attorney’s Office</a> for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the <a href="http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank">District Court</a> for the Eastern District of Virginia or on <a href="https://pcl.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank">PACER</a> by searching for Case No. 1:14-cr-205.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/third-defendant-pleads-guilty-procurement-fraud-scheme-involving-service-disabled">https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/third-defendant-pleads-guilty-procurement-fraud-scheme-involving-service-disabled</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2057 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Chelsea Selectman Sentenced to More Than 7 Years on Extortion and Fraud Charges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/06122014/former-chelsea-selectman-sentenced-more-7-years-extortion-and <span>Former Chelsea Selectman Sentenced to More Than 7 Years on Extortion and Fraud Charges </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-06-13T12:00:00Z">Friday, June 13, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3053/download?token=RtMFdyqe" type="application/pdf; length=39042">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(38.13 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2058 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Wolcott Man Sentenced To Prison For Impersonating Federal Officer, Falsifying Military Document https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/05182014/wolcott-man-sentenced-prison-impersonating-federal-officer <span>Wolcott Man Sentenced To Prison For Impersonating Federal Officer, Falsifying Military Document</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-05-19T12:00:00Z">Monday, May 19, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3054/download?token=j5_NMnPW" type="application/pdf; length=210747">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(205.81 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2059 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Mannford Woman Guilty of Fraudulently Receiving Over $30,000 In Disaster Relief https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/05022014/mannford-woman-guilty-fraudulently-receiving-over-30000-disaster <span>Mannford Woman Guilty of Fraudulently Receiving Over $30,000 In Disaster Relief</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-05-02T12:00:00Z">Friday, May 2, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3751/download?token=_hu1qj2i" type="application/pdf; length=82616">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(80.68 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>TULSA, Okla. — United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. announced today that a Mannford woman had pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently obtaining Federal Emergency Disaster Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance benefits made available to victims of the Mannford wildfires.</p> <p>Kerry Lynn Rowell, 42, of Mannford, pleaded guilty before United States District Court Chief Judge Gregory K. Frizzell to a charge that she had made false statements to a Federal agency. Rowell faces the maximum statutory penalty of five (5) years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. A sentencing date has been set for August 12, 2014.</p> <p>According to court documents, from August 23, 2012 to September 23, 2013, Rowell made false statements and provided false documents to support her application for FEMA disaster assistance. Rowell claimed her primary residence was destroyed, when in fact she did not reside at that residence. The house was actually owned by her mother and was uninhabited, dilapidated, and had no utility service. None of the personal property she listed on the FEMA application was in the abandoned house when it was destroyed by the fire. Rowell fraudulently received $31,400 in FEMA disaster assistance benefits.</p> <p>“Anyone with information that an individual may have defrauded the government in connection with a disaster may call the toll-free Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-323-8603,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “Complaints may be made anonymously and confidentially via the official website (<a href="http://www.oig.dhs.gov">www.oig.dhs.gov</a>), or by mailing DHS Office of Inspector General/MAIL STOP 0305, Attention: Office of Investigations—Hotline, 245 Murray Lane SW, Washington, DC 20528.”</p> <p>The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General and the United States Secret Service. Assistant United States Attorney Charles M. McLoughlin prosecuted on behalf of the United States.</p> <p>If someone has any questions about how assistance benefits may be spent, has made a mistake when reporting damage, or has misrepresented losses, he or she may correct the situation immediately by calling the toll-free FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the speech or hearing impaired.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndok/pr/mannford-woman-guilty-fraudulently-receiving-over-30000-disaster-relief">https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndok/pr/mannford-woman-guilty-fraudulently-receiving-over-30000-disaster-relief</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2060 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Defendant Pleads Guilty to Hurricane Ike Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/04212014/defendant-pleads-guilty-hurricane-ike-fraud <span>Defendant Pleads Guilty to Hurricane Ike Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-04-22T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, April 22, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3056/download?token=WEpPrphu" type="application/pdf; length=51635">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(50.42 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2061 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov United States Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Importer https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/03122014/united-states-settles-false-claims-act-allegations-against <span>United States Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Importer </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-03-12T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, March 12, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3768/download?token=qFOHyl0z" type="application/pdf; length=72921">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(71.21 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>SAN FRANCISCO – Bizlink Technology, Inc. (BTI), an importer of computer cable assemblies located in Fremont, California, has paid $1.2 million to settle allegations that it violated the civil False Claims Act by underpaying customs duties owed on goods imported from China, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Brian J. Humphrey, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations, San Francisco.</p> <p>The United States alleges that, from 2006 through 2008, BTI underpaid customs duties on goods that BTI imported into the United States from Bizlink International Electronics Co., Ltd., a factory in Shenzhen, China. BTI allegedly obtained two sets of invoices for each shipment from the Chinese factory: one true invoice that BTI paid, and a second invoice falsely stating a lower cost. The false invoices were allegedly used to calculate the customs duties that BTI paid on the imported goods, resulting in substantial underpayments.</p> <p>“This office remains committed to fighting fraud against the federal Treasury in whatever form it appears. When a company fails to pay the customs duties it owes, it takes from the federal government, and unfairly burdens honest individuals and companies who pay their fair share.” U.S. Attorney Haag said.</p> <p>“Customs and Border Protection enforces U.S trade laws that protect our nation’s economy and the safety of our citizens. Customs Duty helps control the flow of legitimate foreign manufactured goods entering the country. Attempting to circumnavigate those requirements by fraud carries serious repercussions,” said Brian J. Humphrey, CBP’s Director of Field Operations in San Francisco.</p> <p>The settlement resolves a whistleblower lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. A manager who formerly worked at BTI filed the case pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Under those provisions, private citizens, known as “relators,” may file lawsuits on behalf of the United States and receive a portion of the proceeds of a settlement or judgment. The relator will receive $252,000 as his share of the government’s recovery from BTI.</p> <p>Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Winslow handled the matter on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, with assistance from Financial Fraud Investigator Michael Zehr and Legal Assistant Kathy Terry. The matter was investigated by the DHS Offices of Inspector General and Homeland Security Investigations.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndca/pr/united-states-settles-false-claims-act-allegations-against-importer">https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndca/pr/united-states-settles-false-claims-act-allegations-against-importer</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/false-claims-act-investigations" hreflang="en">False Claims Act Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2062 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov John Roth Confirmed as DHS Inspector General https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/03052014/john-roth-confirmed-dhs-inspector-general <span>John Roth Confirmed as DHS Inspector General</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-03-06T12:00:00Z">Thursday, March 6, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3058/download?token=XoaZyeZz" type="application/pdf; length=113837">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(111.17 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2063 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Leesburg Man Sentenced for Role in Procurement Fraud Scheme Affecting over $33 Million in Federal Contracts https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/02202014/leesburg-man-sentenced-role-procurement-fraud-scheme-affecting <span>Leesburg Man Sentenced for Role in Procurement Fraud Scheme Affecting over $33 Million in Federal Contracts</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-02-21T12:00:00Z">Friday, February 21, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3059/download?token=l2Bd4N7P" type="application/pdf; length=77110">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(75.3 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2064 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Jarrell Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Federal Bribery Charge https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/02062014/former-jarrell-police-chief-pleads-guilty-federal-bribery-charge <span>Former Jarrell Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Federal Bribery Charge</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-02-07T12:00:00Z">Friday, February 7, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3060/download?token=0N3wijJG" type="application/pdf; length=45712">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(44.64 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2065 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Contract Employee for USCIS Convicted in New Jersey for Theft and Sale of Forms https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/01232014/former-contract-employee-uscis-convicted-new-jersey-theft-and <span>Former Contract Employee for USCIS Convicted in New Jersey for Theft and Sale of Forms</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-01-24T12:00:00Z">Friday, January 24, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3753/download?token=eaSkpcuS" type="application/pdf; length=81254">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(79.35 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2066 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Pickens Woman Found Guilty of FEMA Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/01142014/pickens-woman-found-guilty-fema-fraud <span>Pickens Woman Found Guilty of FEMA Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-01-15T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, January 15, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3062/download?token=xiF8Vmw3" type="application/pdf; length=82403">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(80.47 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2067 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former President of Vonetex LLC Admits Paying Kickbacks In Connection With TSA Contract For High-Tech Phone Systems https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/01132014/former-president-vonetex-llc-admits-paying-kickbacks-connection <span>Former President of Vonetex LLC Admits Paying Kickbacks In Connection With TSA Contract For High-Tech Phone Systems </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-01-14T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, January 14, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3063/download?token=LuN7w6k-" type="application/pdf; length=37029">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(36.16 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2068 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Defendants Plead Guilty to Hurricane Ike Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/01102014/defendants-plead-guilty-hurricane-ike-fraud <span>Defendants Plead Guilty to Hurricane Ike Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-01-10T12:00:00Z">Friday, January 10, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3752/download?token=moJpEBUk" type="application/pdf; length=85857">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(83.84 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>ATLANTA – John A. Wheeler and Melody Lockett Carter pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently obtaining FEMA assistance funds intended for the victims of Hurricane Ike.</p> <p>“These defendants stole over $50,000 in disaster relief funds that were intended to benefit those who truly suffered from the devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.  “Since the creation of the Disaster Fraud Task Force in 2005, we have remained committed to prosecuting those criminals who would take advantage of natural disasters to enrich themselves.”</p> <p>James E. Ward, Special Agent in Charge for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, said, “The Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General is dedicated to investigating fraud related to DHS programs, specifically FEMA Emergency Disaster Relief Funds.  The charges against these defendants serves as an example of our commitment to investigating FEMA fraud allegations and pursuing federal prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.  DHS-OIG will continue to place a high priority on investigating these types of crimes which negatively impact FEMA’s Disaster Relief Funds that are intended for law abiding citizens.”</p> <p>According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court:  Wheeler, 57, and Carter, 49, both of Wilmerding, Pa., and Angela Pratt Avery, 44, of Lawrenceville, Ga., worked together to file three fraudulent FEMA claims for Hurricane Ike disaster relief funds.  The defendants filed the claims in September 2008 and January 2009, falsely claiming that Carter and Avery lived at a West Ventura Drive address in Galveston, Texas, at the time of Hurricane Ike and that their<br /> personal property had been damaged by the storm.  In fact, all three defendants lived in Norcross, Ga., at the time of Hurricane Ike and were not victims of the storm.  The defendants received over $50,000 in disaster assistance from FEMA based on their fraud.</p> <p>On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall near Galveston, causing widespread damage along the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida coastlines and the surrounding areas.  After Hurricane Ike struck the Texas coastline, FEMA provided financial disaster assistance to displaced individuals who resided in various counties in Texas.  Those individuals could make an application for disaster assistance funds by filing a claim with FEMA that included the Texas address where they were living at the time of the hurricane.</p> <p>Wheeler and Carter each pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money.  Sentencing for Wheeler and Carter will be scheduled at a later date.</p> <p>This case is being investigated by Special Agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General.</p> <p>Assistant United States Attorney Stephen H. McClain is prosecuting the case.</p> <p>In September 2005, the Attorney General established the Disaster Fraud Task Force to deter, detect, and prosecute disaster-related federal crimes such as charity fraud, identity theft, procurement fraud, and insurance fraud related to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.  As multiple disasters occurred in subsequent years, the Task Force expanded its mandate to all types of disaster fraud.  The Task Force, chaired by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Criminal Division, includes the FBI, the Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, federal Inspectors General, and various representatives of state and local law enforcement.</p> <p>For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at <a href="mailto:USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov" target="_blank">USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov<span><span> (link sends e-mail)</span></span></a> or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division is <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/" target="_blank">http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/</a>.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/defendants-plead-guilty-hurricane-ike-fraud">https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/defendants-plead-guilty-hurricane-ike-fraud</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2069 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Federal Air Marshal And Border Patrol Agent Sentenced To Ninety Years’ Imprisonment For Sexual Exploitation of Children https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2014/01052014/former-federal-air-marshal-and-border-patrol-agent-sentenced <span>Former Federal Air Marshal And Border Patrol Agent Sentenced To Ninety Years’ Imprisonment For Sexual Exploitation of Children</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2014-01-06T12:00:00Z">Monday, January 6, 2014</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3065/download?token=BwMjrGUT" type="application/pdf; length=57575">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(56.23 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2070 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Convicted of Corruption https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/12192013/us-customs-and-border-protection-officer-convicted-corruption <span>U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Convicted of Corruption</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-12-20T12:00:00Z">Friday, December 20, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3066/download?token=0gJYHei0" type="application/pdf; length=109353">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(106.79 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2071 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Employee of Two Government Contractors Pleads Guilty to Role in Procurement Fraud Scheme Involving Over $33 Million in Federal Contracts  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/12022013/former-employee-two-government-contractors-pleads-guilty-role <span>Former Employee of Two Government Contractors Pleads Guilty to Role in Procurement Fraud Scheme Involving Over $33 Million in Federal Contracts </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-12-02T12:00:00Z">Monday, December 2, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3770/download?token=HQtX8Jjb" type="application/pdf; length=77110">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(75.3 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Anthony R. Bilby, 40, of Leesburg, Va., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and major government fraud.</p> <p>Dana J. Boente, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Charles K. Edwards, Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Brian D. Miller, General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General; Peggy E. Gustafson, Small Business Administration (SBA) Inspector General; and Kim Lampkins, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Office of Inspector General, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by United States District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.</p> <p>Bilby faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced on February 21, 2014.  He has agreed to forfeit $1,065,103.90, representing his personal proceeds from the conspiracy.</p> <p>In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Bilby admitted that from April 2007 through November 2012, while he was employed by two service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, he participated in a conspiracy to obtain government contracts through fraud and misrepresentation.  During this time period, Bilby caused employees at a nominal competitor to submit inflated bids on the same procurements for which Bilby submitted bids on behalf of his employers.  Bilby also gained improper access to the procurement process through co-conspirators working within the government.  These co-conspirators provided Bilby and others with internal government cost estimates, so that Bilby knew how much the government was willing to pay before he drafted his and his competitor’s bids.  Bilby also drafted portions of internal procurement documents in a manner that increased his odds of winning contracts without facing actual competition.</p> <p>One of Bilby’s employers, with Bilby’s knowledge and assent, agreed to pay ten percent of its profits on a contract worth more than $24 million to co-conspirators within the government.  These co-conspirators, in turn, provided Bilby and his employer with improper access to documents and a competitive advantage in obtaining the contract.  In total, the conduct of Bilby and others resulted in the award of more than $33 million in federal contracts through fraudulent procurement practices.</p> <p>As part of his plea agreement, Bilby has agreed to cooperate in the investigation of others involved in the conspiracy.  Another co-conspirator, Thomas S. Flynn, pleaded guilty on October 2, 2013.</p> <p>This case was investigated by the Offices of the Inspector General for DHS, GSA, SBA, and the VA, with assistance from DHS’s Office of the Chief Security Officer, Cyber Forensic Branch.  Assistant United States Attorney Kosta S. Stojilkovic is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.</p> <p>A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae" target="_blank">http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae</a>.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at <a href="http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/</a> or on <a href="https://pcl.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank">https://pcl.uscourts.gov/</a>.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/former-government-employee-sentenced-15-months-prison-receipt-illegal-gratuities-and">https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/former-government-employee-sentenced-15-months-prison-receipt-illegal-gratuities-and</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2072 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Indictment Unsealed Charging Moore Resident with Disaster Benefits Fraud Following May Tornado https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/11132013/indictment-unsealed-charging-moore-resident-disaster-benefits <span>Indictment Unsealed Charging Moore Resident with Disaster Benefits Fraud Following May Tornado</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-11-14T12:00:00Z">Thursday, November 14, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3068/download?token=GrxF7HMH" type="application/pdf; length=25084">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(24.5 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2073 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Ex-lawmen sentenced in bribery, trafficking case https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/11052013/ex-lawmen-sentenced-bribery-trafficking-case <span>Ex-lawmen sentenced in bribery, trafficking case</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-11-06T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, November 6, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3069/download?token=H_7XjuEX" type="application/pdf; length=24833">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(24.25 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2074 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Federal Jury Convicts Former WECO Owner For Fraudulent Aircraft Repairs https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/11042013/federal-jury-convicts-former-weco-owner-fraudulent-aircraft <span>Federal Jury Convicts Former WECO Owner For Fraudulent Aircraft Repairs </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-11-05T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, November 5, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3070/download?token=FWHtj4lX" type="application/pdf; length=29992">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(29.29 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2075 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Three Arrested for Sandy Aid Scams https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/10292013/three-arrested-sandy-aid-scams <span>Three Arrested for Sandy Aid Scams</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-10-30T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, October 30, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3071/download?token=w98pirNz" type="application/pdf; length=106700">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(104.2 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2076 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Corrupt Border Patrol Agent Sentenced To Five Years In Prison https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/09172013/corrupt-border-patrol-agent-sentenced-five-years-prison <span>Corrupt Border Patrol Agent Sentenced To Five Years In Prison</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-09-18T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, September 18, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3072/download?token=s1FDyyHA" type="application/pdf; length=18763">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(18.32 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2077 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Transportation Security Administration Agent Arrested For Conspiracy To Transport Illegal Aliens https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/09112013/transportation-security-administration-agent-arrested-conspiracy <span>Transportation Security Administration Agent Arrested For Conspiracy To Transport Illegal Aliens</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-09-12T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 12, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3073/download?token=76RggmYs" type="application/pdf; length=52493">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(51.26 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2078 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Indiana Man Sentenced For Training Federal Job Applicants To Lie During Polygraph Examinations https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/09052013/indiana-man-sentenced-training-federal-job-applicants-lie-during <span>Indiana Man Sentenced For Training Federal Job Applicants To Lie During Polygraph Examinations</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-09-06T12:00:00Z">Friday, September 6, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3074/download?token=V1ZKCXBs" type="application/pdf; length=20055">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(19.58 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2079 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Joplin man pleads guilty to fraud related to tornado benefits https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/09052013/former-joplin-man-pleads-guilty-fraud-related-tornado-benefits <span>Former Joplin man pleads guilty to fraud related to tornado benefits</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-09-05T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 5, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3771/download?token=l7UvenHh" type="application/pdf; length=177972">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(173.8 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former Joplin, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in a wire fraud scheme following the May 22, 2011 tornado.</p> <p>Christopher L. Smith, 36, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Joplin, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to the charge contained in a June 11, 2013, federal indictment.</p> <p>Smith admitted that he assisted another person to defraud the Economic Security Corporation of Southwest Area in Joplin. The not-for-profit corporation administered a rental assistance program, the Missouri Housing Trust Fund (MHTF) Disaster Relief Program. This program disbursed funds to landlords who rented to clients who had been displaced by natural disasters, including the May 22, 2011 tornado that struck Joplin.</p> <p>Smith assisted in the wire fraud scheme in two fraudulent transactions. In June or July 2012, Smith signed two MHTF program applications as landlord/property manager/mortgagee, which was false and fraudulent in that Smith then knew he was not a landlord, property manager, or mortgagee entitled to receive MHTF program funds. Based on the false application, the Economic Security Corporation issued a $1,850 check to Smith on June 21, 2012, and a $2,085 check to Smith on July 26, 2012. The financial loss resulting from Smith’s conduct and for which Smith must pay restitution totals $3,935.</p> <p>On Aug. 21, 2013, co-defendant John L. Williams, 31, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Joplin, pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme. Williams, who was not a landlord or property manager of Economic Security Corporation clients, conspired with others to submit fraudulent applications for rental assistance. Williams assisted in the scheme by serving as a purported landlord on two fraudulent applications for rental assistance, and also by accompanying other check recipients to the bank to cash their checks, in order to collect the proceeds of the fraud.</p> <p>The Economic Security Corporation issued two rental assistance checks to Williams totaling $3,050. The total financial loss from the wire fraud conspiracy totaled $8,565.</p> <p>Under federal statutes, Smith and Williams are each subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled after the completion of presentence investigations by the United States Probation Office.</p> <p>This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Mohlhenrich. It was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.</p> <p><strong>Disaster Fraud Hotline</strong></p> <p>Anyone with information about disaster fraud related to the Joplin tornado should call the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 866-720-5721, the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131, or the FBI’s Joplin office at 417-206-5700.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/former-joplin-man-pleads-guilty-fraud-related-tornado-benefits">https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmo/pr/former-joplin-man-pleads-guilty-fraud-related-tornado-benefits</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2080 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Customs Officer Sentenced To 151 Months In Prison For Importing Over 1,200 Pounds of Marijuana Into The United States From Mexico https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/08212013/former-customs-officer-sentenced-151-months-prison-importing-over <span>Former Customs Officer Sentenced To 151 Months In Prison For Importing Over 1,200 Pounds of Marijuana Into The United States From Mexico </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-08-22T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 22, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3076/download?token=6JZA0A1l" type="application/pdf; length=16276">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(15.89 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2081 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov New OIG Office Launched https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/08192013/new-oig-office-launched <span>New OIG Office Launched</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-08-20T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 20, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3077/download?token=gSRLOYVt" type="application/pdf; length=140587">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(137.29 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2082 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Mayoral And Congressional Candidate Guilty of Mail Fraud In Scheme To Defraud The BP Oil Spill Fund https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/08052013/former-mayoral-and-congressional-candidate-guilty-mail-fraud <span>Former Mayoral And Congressional Candidate Guilty of Mail Fraud In Scheme To Defraud The BP Oil Spill Fund </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-08-06T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 6, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3078/download?token=LijUUfaP" type="application/pdf; length=40207">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(39.26 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2083 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Joplin Man Pleads Guilty To Disaster Fraud Related To Tornado Benefits https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/08052013/joplin-man-pleads-guilty-disaster-fraud-related-tornado-benefits <span>Joplin Man Pleads Guilty To Disaster Fraud Related To Tornado Benefits </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-08-06T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 6, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3079/download?token=iMuMalT_" type="application/pdf; length=44252">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(43.21 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2084 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced For Possession of Child Pornography On Government Issued Computer https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/07302013/former-border-patrol-agent-sentenced-possession-child-pornography <span>Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced For Possession of Child Pornography On Government Issued Computer</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-07-31T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, July 31, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3080/download?token=qN1FQkVy" type="application/pdf; length=81455">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(79.55 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2085 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Federal Agent Arrested For Participating In A Cocaine And Marijuana Conspiracy https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/07182013/federal-agent-arrested-participating-cocaine-and-marijuana <span>Federal Agent Arrested For Participating In A Cocaine And Marijuana Conspiracy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-07-19T12:00:00Z">Friday, July 19, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3081/download?token=4OaLDfaA" type="application/pdf; length=43594">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(42.57 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2086 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Regional Director of Federal Protective Service Sentenced For Accepting Bribes From Government Contractor https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/07182013/former-regional-director-federal-protective-service-sentenced <span>Former Regional Director of Federal Protective Service Sentenced For Accepting Bribes From Government Contractor</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-07-18T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 18, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3772/download?token=QqqRlT8Q" type="application/pdf; length=36883">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(36.02 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>Derek Matthews, 46, of Harwood, Md., pleaded guilty today to accepting bribes from a government contracting company in exchange for using his position to help the company find and win contracts. </p> <p>Neil H. MacBride, U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Mythili Raman, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Charles K. Edwards, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Inspector General, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema. </p> <p>Matthews was charged by criminal information on April 11, 2013, with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.  Matthews faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced on July 19, 2013.    </p> <p>Matthews served as Deputy Assistant Director for Operations for the DHS’s Federal Protective Services (FPS) and was later promoted to FPS Regional Director for the National Capital Region.  In the fall of 2011, Matthews agreed with Keith Hedman, an executive at an Arlington, Va., security service consulting company referred to as Company B in court records, that in exchange for a monthly payment from Company B and a percentage of any new business obtained, Matthews would use his position to help Company B find and win U.S. government contracts, including with FPS.  Matthews engaged in a series of official acts, including lobbying of government officials and sharing of information with Hedman, in an effort to obtain business for Hedman and Company B. In turn, Hedman and Company B paid Matthews three monthly payments totaling $12,500.</p> <p>Hedman pleaded guilty on March 18, 2013, to conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with Matthews’ scheme, along with conspiracy to commit major government fraud as part of a separate scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $31 million in government contract payments that should have gone to disadvantaged small businesses.</p> <p>This case was investigated by the Washington Field Office for the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration OIG, the Small Business Administration OIG, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the General Services Administration OIG. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chad Golder and Ryan Faulconer  are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-regional-director-federal-protective-service-pleads-guilty-accepting-bribes-government">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-regional-director-federal-protective-service-pleads-guilty-accepting-bribes-government</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2087 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Customs and Border Protection Officer Sentenced To 12 Years for Bribery and Conspiracy to Import Drugs https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/07022013/former-customs-and-border-protection-officer-sentenced-12-years <span>Former Customs and Border Protection Officer Sentenced To 12 Years for Bribery and Conspiracy to Import Drugs </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-07-03T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, July 3, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3083/download?token=W0XbD6_F" type="application/pdf; length=61793">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(60.34 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2088 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Security Contractor Sentenced To 48 Months For Role As Figurehead Owner in $31 Million Disadvantaged Small Business Fraud Scheme https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/06272013/security-contractor-sentenced-48-months-role-figurehead-owner-31 <span>Security Contractor Sentenced To 48 Months For Role As Figurehead Owner in $31 Million Disadvantaged Small Business Fraud Scheme</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-06-28T12:00:00Z">Friday, June 28, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3084/download?token=Yo1fnmHj" type="application/pdf; length=61574">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(60.13 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2089 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Two Former Border Patrol Agents Sentenced for Alien Smuggling, Bribery and Money Laundering https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/06212013/two-former-border-patrol-agents-sentenced-alien-smuggling-bribery <span>Two Former Border Patrol Agents Sentenced for Alien Smuggling, Bribery and Money Laundering</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-06-21T12:00:00Z">Friday, June 21, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3696/download?token=bSocxGx6" type="application/pdf; length=89368">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(87.27 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>Former U.S. Border Patrol Agents Raul and Fidel Villarreal, brothers who smuggled at least 1,000 illegal immigrants into the United States in exchange for more than $1 million in bribes, were sentenced today to 35 and 30 years in prison, respectively.</p> <p>The brothers were convicted by a federal jury on August 10, 2012, of conspiracy to bring in illegal aliens for financial gain, multiple counts of bringing in illegal aliens for financial gain, conspiracy to launder money and receiving bribes. The brothers smuggled their customers while on duty, in uniform and in their Border Patrol vehicles and were assisted by a Tijuana police chief.</p> <p>In handing down the sentences and $250,000 fines for each, U.S. District Judge John A. Houston told the brothers he was “disgusted” by their actions. The judge also noted that ignoring their duty to protect the border “impacted national security,” and that he wanted the lengthy sentences to send a message that such a serious violation of the public’s trust would not be tolerated.</p> <p>At the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Salel urged the judge to impose the harshest sentence, primarily because the brothers abused the sacred trust of the public and neglected to protect the border. But he also noted that as law enforcement closed in, the brothers planned to kill co-conspirators to prevent them from testifying. And he argued the brothers deserved a long sentence because they had no regard for the safety of the illegal border crossers who were recklessly jammed into Border Patrol vehicles and transported at high speeds over treacherous terrain, just to maximize profits.</p> <p>“This is a case of unmitigated greed and betrayal by two senior Border Patrol agents who smuggled aliens while on duty instead of patrolling the border,” Salel told the court. “The defendants are experienced agents, 10-year veterans. This was not a case of misguided rookies who got involved with the wrong crowd. They knew they had pledged to defend the border. Yet these guys set up their own organization to line their pockets.”</p> <p>U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said she was very pleased with the outcome of the case.</p> <p>“The audacious way these brothers so easily tossed aside their loyalty to their country and to fellow agents,who put their lives on the line every day protecting our borders, is appalling,” Duffy said. “This sentence provides justice for a public betrayed, and reflects that this was, by far, among the most egregious violations of the public’s trust we’ve seen by federal officials in many years.”</p> <p>“Today’s sentencing sends a clear message: DHS will not tolerate any type of employee misconduct, especially criminal activity that undermines the core values of our organization and the thousands of DHS employees who uphold those values in their mission to protect the American public,” said Joe Jeronimo, special agent in charge for the Office of Professional Responsibility, Western Region. “I commend the integrity and perseverance of all the investigators and prosecutors who worked tirelessly to ensure that justice was fully served in a criminal case that unfortunately involved a very egregious breach of public trust.”</p> <p>Dennis M. McGunagle, special agent in charge of the Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security, said, “The DHS Office of Inspector General has no tolerance for acts of corruption committed by DHS employees. We commend the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s office for bringing these individuals to justice.”</p> <p>While working as agents, the brothers formed a smuggling organization with what seemed to be the perfect cover: Many of their customers were shuttled in squad cars by a Tijuana police chief to the border. The customers would be transported down rugged Otay Mountain trails or through remote areas near Imperial Beach by the Villarreals in Border Patrol vehicles on the way to remote drop-off locations. If anyone were to question them, they could claim the passengers were being arrested. It’s what they referred to as the “guaranteed method.”</p> <p>“The Villarreals used their specialized training and knowledge of the border – particularly the vulnerable smuggling routes near Imperial Beach and Otay Mountain – to smuggle aliens,” Salel wrote in court documents. “By pretending to arrest the aliens and transporting them in their assigned Border Patrol vehicles, the Villarreals could ‘hide in plain sight’ and maintain plausible deniability if another law enforcement agent was watching them.”</p> <p>Raul Villarreal, the younger brother who was hired by the Border Patrol in 1995 to work at the Imperial Beach station, eventually became a public information officer and once made a public service announcement warning the Mexican people about the dangers of alien smugglers who take advantage of illegal border crossers. Ironically, for the announcement Raul played the part of an unscrupulous smuggler who showed callous indifference to the welfare of crossers. Judge Houston said his sentence was longer because he was the organizer and ring leader.</p> <p>Fidel Villarreal, who was hired in 1998, also rose through the ranks to become a mountain supervisor for the Brown Field Border Patrol station. He was the supervisor and manager of the smuggling operation.</p> <p>The brothers operated the smuggling business for 14 months in 2005 and 2006, conspiring with partners in Tijuana – including Claudia Gonzalez, Armando Garcia and even a Tijuana police chief.</p> <p>Gonzalez would leave envelopes containing cash – usually around $10,000 to $13,000 per smuggling trip, three or four times a week and sometimes multiple times a day - under the front seat of the Villarreals’ luxury vehicles, which were usually parked at a shopping mall in Tijuana. Fidel had a BMW and Raul had a Mercedes SUV.</p> <p>During the investigation, agents used multiple confidential informants to infiltrate the criminal organization, and installed cameras on poles in areas where migrants were dropped off. They planted undercover recording devices, put tracking instruments on Border Patrol vehicles and even followed a smuggling load by airplane.</p> <p>In June of 2006, the Villarreals were tipped off about the investigation, abruptly resigned and fled to Guadalajara along with other coconspirators. While living in Mexico, they kept tabs on the investigation and warned members of the organization not to cooperate with authorities. The brothers’ desperation piqued and they made plans to have coconspirators murdered in Mexico. The murders never took place.</p> <p>In one instance, they held a gun to the head of a coconspirator, who supervised some of the drivers who the Villarreals suspected of cooperating with U.S. officials, but he was able to escape. Unbeknownst to the Villarreals, The coconspirator met with another coconspirator in a graveyard in Tijuana, warning her of the plot to kill her and urging her to go to San Diego.</p> <p>In April of 2008, the brothers were indicted, along with Garcia and Gonzalez. They were arrested in Tijuana in October of 2008 and eventually extradited to the U.S. to face trial. Garcia was convicted along with the Villarreal brothers; Gonzalez pled guilty on December 10, 2009 to conspiracy to bring in illegal aliens for financial gain, bribery, and money laundering. Garcia is scheduled for sentencing on July 22. Gonzalez was sentenced in August 2012 to time served, which was three years, 10 months.</p> <table><tbody><tr><td><strong>DEFENDANTS</strong></td> <td> </td> <td><strong>Case Number: 08CR1332-JAH</strong></td> </tr><tr><td>Raul Villarreal<br /> Fidel Villarreal<br /> Armando Garcia<br /> Claudia Gonzalez</td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td> </td> </tr><tr><td><strong>SUMMARY OF CHARGES</strong></td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Conspiracy to Bring in Illegal Aliens for Financial Gain - Title 18, United States Code, 371<br /> Maximum penalties: 5 years' imprisonment and $250,000 fine</p> <p>Bringing in illegal aliens for financial gain - Title 8, United States Code, Sections 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii)<br /> Maximum penalties: 10 years' imprisonment and $250,000 fine</p> <p>Bribery - Title 18, United States Code, Sections 201(b)(2)(A) and (C)<br /> Maximum penalties: 15 years' imprisonment and greater of $250,000 fine or three times the amount of the bribe</p> <p>Conspiracy To Launder Money - Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956(a)(2)(A) and (h)<br /> Maximum penalties: 20 years' imprisonment and greater of $500,000 fine or twice the value of the funds</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> </td> </tr><tr><td><strong>AGENCIES</strong></td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations<br /> Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General<br /> ICE Office of Professional Responsibility<br /> U.S. Border Patrol</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table></div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/two-former-border-patrol-agents-sentenced-alien-smuggling-bribery-and-money-laundering">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/two-former-border-patrol-agents-sentenced-alien-smuggling-bribery-and-money-laundering</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2090 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov South Jersey Woman Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding FEMA After Major Disaster https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/06172013/south-jersey-woman-sentenced-prison-defrauding-fema-after-major <span>South Jersey Woman Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding FEMA After Major Disaster</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-06-18T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 18, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3086/download?token=NvInzU2G" type="application/pdf; length=34091">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(33.29 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2091 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Security Contractor Executives Sentenced For Illegally Obtaining More Than $31 Million Intended For Disadvantaged Small Businesses https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/06132013/former-security-contractor-executives-sentenced-illegally <span>Former Security Contractor Executives Sentenced For Illegally Obtaining More Than $31 Million Intended For Disadvantaged Small Businesses</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-06-14T12:00:00Z">Friday, June 14, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3087/download?token=YNqVRyHE" type="application/pdf; length=64382">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(62.87 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2092 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Government Contractor Pleads Guilty To Major Government Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/05222013/government-contractor-pleads-guilty-major-government-fraud <span>Government Contractor Pleads Guilty To Major Government Fraud </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-05-23T12:00:00Z">Thursday, May 23, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3088/download?token=mKmfXA6K" type="application/pdf; length=54432">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(53.16 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2093 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Coast Guard Petty Officer Sentenced for Fraud, Receiving Bribes https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/05082013/former-coast-guard-petty-officer-sentenced-fraud-receiving-bribes <span>Former Coast Guard Petty Officer Sentenced for Fraud, Receiving Bribes</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-05-08T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, May 8, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3773/download?token=qjvJpHfi" type="application/pdf; length=79932">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(78.06 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>NORFOLK, Va. – Nathan Allen Dunn, 30, of Brookwood, Ala., was sentenced today to 87 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud and for receiving bribes in his position as a USCG Transportation Administrator.  Dunn was also ordered to pay $779,549.85 in restitution to the U.S. Treasury. </p> <p>            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Otis E. Harris, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Chesapeake Region; and Michael P. Dawson, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by   United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. </p> <p>            Dunn previously pled guilty to the charges on January 4, 2013.  According to court documents, Dunn, formerly an active duty U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Petty Officer, Second Class was assigned as a Transportation Administrator at the Surface Forces Logistics Center in Norfolk, Va.  Dunn’s primary duty was to coordinate the shipping of large freight such as boats, trailers, generators, etc., between USCG bases located throughout the United States.  Dunn was responsible for operating the Department of Defense Transportation Command (TransCom) automated system to bid out and then contract the shipments with authorized freight brokerage companies. </p> <p>            Dunn’s co-conspirator, Huffman Earl Monk, was the owner and operator of 12 freight brokerage companies that were headquartered in a single office in Brookwood, Ala. Most of Monk’s freight brokerage companies contracted with TransCom to ship military-related freight. <br /> In September 2009, Monk traveled to Norfolk to meet with Dunn, who was only recently assigned as a USCG Transportation Administrator.  As a result of their discussions, Dunn and Monk entered into an agreement whereby Dunn would agree to issue over-priced USCG freight contracts to Monk’s freight companies, in exchange for Monk giving bribes in the form of kickbacks as percentage of the contract profits to Dunn.  Shortly after Monk and Dunn entered into their agreement, Monk began giving monetary bribes to Dunn by providing him with debit cards linked to several of Monk’s business bank accounts.  In order to inflate the profits Monk and Dunn would earn from each contract, Monk encouraged Dunn to fraudulently manipulate various data entered into the TransCom computer system in order to artificially inflate the price of the shipping contracts Dunn steered to Monk’s freight companies.  Dunn and Monk also engaged in creating at least six false shipping contracts for military freight shipments that did not exist, thereafter awarding the contract and profits to one or more of Monk’s companies.  Since no freight was actually shipped pursuant to these false contracts, the USCG payments to Monk’s companies were all profit, resulting in Dunn receiving half of the contract award payments from Monk.  Over a two-year period, Dunn received over $220,000 in bribe payments from Monk.  The total loss to the United States based on these fraudulent military shipping contracts was $779,549.85.</p> <p>            The military has recently implemented a number of internal changes to TransCom’s computer systems to enhance the integrity of the bidding and contracting process used by Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security Transportation Officers.</p> <p>Judge Davis previously sentenced Huffman Monk on April 29, 2013 in Norfolk, Virginia, to a term of 63 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud and for paying bribes to Dunn.  Monk was also ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 and $779,549.85 in restitution to the U.S. Treasury.  </p> <p>This investigation was brought as part of the Hampton Roads Procurement Fraud Initiative, a collaboration of defense investigative agencies, Inspectors General, and law enforcement dedicated to strengthening the integrity of the federal procurement system.</p> <p>This case was investigated by the United States Coast Guard Investigative Service and the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, Washington Field Office, with the cooperation and assistance of the Coast Guard Surface Forces Logistics Center.  Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen W. Haynie and V. Kathleen Dougherty are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.</p> <p>A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae" target="_blank">http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae</a>.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at <a href="http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/</a> or on <a href="https://pcl.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank">https://pcl.uscourts.gov/</a>.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/former-coast-guard-petty-officer-sentenced-fraud-receiving-bribes">https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/former-coast-guard-petty-officer-sentenced-fraud-receiving-bribes</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2094 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Joins Boston Bombing Intelligence Review https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04292013/oig-joins-boston-bombing-intelligence-review <span>OIG Joins Boston Bombing Intelligence Review</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-30T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, April 30, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3090/download?token=RDb1dTVM" type="application/pdf; length=54700">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(53.42 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2095 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Alabama Businessman Sentenced For Fraud, Paying Bribes https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04282013/alabama-businessman-sentenced-fraud-paying-bribes <span>Alabama Businessman Sentenced For Fraud, Paying Bribes</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-29T12:00:00Z">Monday, April 29, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3091/download?token=eufGUL2j" type="application/pdf; length=28761">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(28.09 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2096 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Coast Guard Petty Officer Headed to Prison for Stealing More Than $600,000 in Government Property https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04292013/coast-guard-petty-officer-headed-prison-stealing-more-600000 <span>Coast Guard Petty Officer Headed to Prison for Stealing More Than $600,000 in Government Property</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-29T12:00:00Z">Monday, April 29, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3774/download?token=Kne_L-Ns" type="application/pdf; length=72672">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(70.97 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>HOUSTON – U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Gavino Ortiz III, 32, of League City, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for theft of government property, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Ortiz pleaded guilty Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.</p> <p>Today, U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Ortiz a sentence of 24 months in prison. He was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $230,468.29 and to serve a three-year term of supervised release following completion of his prison sentence.</p> <p>At the time of his guilty plea, Ortiz acknowledged that were this case to go to trial, the United States could prove that on Nov. 30, 2010, he utilized a government issued J.P. Morgan Chase purchase card to buy a $2,678.91 skydiving parachute with accessories for his personal benefit. The United States would also be able to prove that from July 2010 to August 2011, Ortiz used the purchase card to make personal financial gain purchases totaling approximately $230,468.<br />  <br /> Previously released on bond, Ortiz was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.</p> <p>The charge against Ortiz resulting in his guilty plea was the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and the Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General.</p> <p>The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Rodriguez.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/coast-guard-petty-officer-sentenced-prison-stealing-more-200000-government-property">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/coast-guard-petty-officer-sentenced-prison-stealing-more-200000-government-property</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2097 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Jury Convicts Joplin Man Of Disaster Fraud In Failed Attempt To Get Tornado Benefits https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04232013/jury-convicts-joplin-man-disaster-fraud-failed-attempt-get <span>Jury Convicts Joplin Man Of Disaster Fraud In Failed Attempt To Get Tornado Benefits</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-24T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, April 24, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3093/download?token=jq9WzZhJ" type="application/pdf; length=177972">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(173.8 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2098 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Suspended Border Patrol Agents found Guilty At Trial https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04182013/suspended-border-patrol-agents-found-guilty-trial <span>Suspended Border Patrol Agents found Guilty At Trial</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-19T12:00:00Z">Friday, April 19, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3094/download?token=mZS5b9EJ" type="application/pdf; length=43022">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(42.01 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2099 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Owner of Auto Repair Shop Servicing Government Vehicles Admits Bribing Government Official https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04162013/owner-auto-repair-shop-servicing-government-vehicles-admits <span>Owner of Auto Repair Shop Servicing Government Vehicles Admits Bribing Government Official</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-17T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, April 17, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3095/download?token=y13-oETL" type="application/pdf; length=33590">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(32.8 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2100 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Greer, S.C. Husband And Wife Sentenced For Filing False Tax Returns https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04112013/greer-sc-husband-and-wife-sentenced-filing-false-tax-returns <span>Greer, S.C. Husband And Wife Sentenced For Filing False Tax Returns</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-12T12:00:00Z">Friday, April 12, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3096/download?token=4-sLcqRh" type="application/pdf; length=202219">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(197.48 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2101 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Regional Director of Federal Protective Service Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes From Government Contractor https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04102013/former-regional-director-federal-protective-service-pleads-guilty <span>Former Regional Director of Federal Protective Service Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes From Government Contractor</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-11T12:00:00Z">Thursday, April 11, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3097/download?token=TRPnK-tJ" type="application/pdf; length=36883">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(36.02 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2102 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Joplin Woman Pleads Guilty To Disaster Fraud Related To Tornado Benefits https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/04092013/joplin-woman-pleads-guilty-disaster-fraud-related-tornado <span>Joplin Woman Pleads Guilty To Disaster Fraud Related To Tornado Benefits </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-04-10T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, April 10, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3098/download?token=LOr6Zl4Y" type="application/pdf; length=83570">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(81.61 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2103 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov FEMA Contractor Admits Illegally Accepting Gratuity From Victim of Hurricane Irene https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/03172013/fema-contractor-admits-illegally-accepting-gratuity-victim <span>FEMA Contractor Admits Illegally Accepting Gratuity From Victim of Hurricane Irene</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-03-18T12:00:00Z">Monday, March 18, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3100/download?token=Pw6KvPFi" type="application/pdf; length=32961">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(32.19 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2105 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Security Contractors Plead Guilty to Illegally Obtaining $31 Million from Contracts Intended for Disadvantaged Small Businesses https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/03182013/security-contractors-plead-guilty-illegally-obtaining-31-million <span>Security Contractors Plead Guilty to Illegally Obtaining $31 Million from Contracts Intended for Disadvantaged Small Businesses</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-03-18T12:00:00Z">Monday, March 18, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3775/download?token=unFQB0Yd" type="application/pdf; length=85912">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(83.9 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Executives at two Arlington-based businesses have pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $31 million in government contract payments that should have gone to disadvantaged small businesses.</p> <p>            The guilty pleas were announced today by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil H. MacBride, Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and NASA Inspector General Paul K. Martin.</p> <p>            “These executives used their knowledge and experience to abuse a program created to ensure minority small business owners could compete for government contracts,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “They not only illegally obtained millions from the United States, they also victimized legitimate minority owners who didn’t get the bids.”</p> <p>“Keith Hedman and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained valuable government contracts intended for minority-owned small businesses, and pocketed millions of dollars for themselves,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Raman.  “They abused an important government program, and will now face the consequences.”</p> <p>“This investigation confirmed that these executives repeatedly took actions that gave them a fraudulent advantage in the contracting process,” said NASA Inspector General Martin.  “I commend the outstanding efforts of our agents and our law enforcement partners involved in this case in protecting the integrity of the 8(a) program.”</p> <p>            According to court documents, Keith Hedman, 53, of Arlington, Va., formed an Arlington-based security service consulting company in approximately 2001.  Hedman formed the company, listed as Company A in court filings, with an African-American woman who was listed as its president and CEO to enable the company to participate in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8(a) program, which enables certain small businesses to receive sole-source and competitive-bid contracts set aside for minority-owned and disadvantaged small businesses.  In 2001, Hedman’s company received approval to participate in the 8(a) program on the basis of the African-American president and CEO’s listed role, but when she left the company in 2003, Hedman became its sole owner and the company was no longer 8(a)-eligible.</p> <p>            Hedman admitted that in 2003 he created a shell company, listed as Company B in court records, to ensure he could continue to gain access to 8(a) contracting preferences for which Company A was not qualified.  Prior to applying for the shell company’s 8(a) status, Hedman selected an employee, Dawn Hamilton, 48, of Brownsville, Md., to serve as a figurehead owner based on her Portuguese heritage and history of social disadvantage, when in reality the new company would be managed by Hedman and senior leadership at Company A.  To deceive the SBA, they falsely claimed that Hamilton formed and founded the company and that she was the only member of the company’s management.  They continued to mislead the SBA through 2012, even lying to the SBA to overcome a protest filed by another company accusing Hedman’s former company and the shell company of being inappropriately affiliated.</p> <p>            From Company B’s creation through February 2012, Hedman – not Hamilton – exercised ultimate decision-making authority and control over the company by controlling its finances, allocation of personnel and government contracting activities.  Hedman nonetheless maintained the impression that Hamilton was leading the company, including through forgeries of signatures by Hamilton to documents she had not seen or drafted.  Hedman also retained ultimate control over the shell business’s bank accounts throughout its existence.  In 2011, Hedman withdrew $1 million in cash from Company B’s accounts and gave the funds in cash to Hamilton and three other co-conspirators. In total, Hedman and Hamilton secured through the shell company more than $31 million in government contract payments, which generated more than $6 million in salary and payments for the conspirators that they were not entitled to receive.</p> <p>            In addition, Hedman admitted that he agreed to pay a $50,000 bribe through the shell business to a U.S. government contracting official for the official’s help in securing contracts for Company B.</p> <p>            Hedman and Hamilton pleaded guilty on March 13 and March 15, 2013, respectively, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to major government fraud and face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a multimillion-dollar fine for that charge. Hedman also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.  Hedman agreed to forfeit more than $6.3 million, and Hamilton agreed to forfeit more than $1.2 million.  Hedman is scheduled to be sentenced on June 21, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.  Hamilton’s sentencing is scheduled for June 21, 2013, before U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis, III.</p> <p>            In addition, the following individuals have also pleaded guilty to major fraud or conspiracy to commit major fraud:</p> <ul type="disc"><li>David George Lux, 66, of Springfield, Va., pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.  Lux served as the chief financial officer at Company A from 2007 through February 2012 and performed work for Company B throughout that time while officially on Company A’s payroll.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14, 2013, by Judge Brinkema.</li> </ul><ul type="disc"><li>Joseph Richards, 51, of Arlington, Va., pleaded guilty on March 14, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Brinkema in the Eastern District of Virginia.  Richards served as the chief operating officer and chief of staff for Company A from 2005 through 2008 and then vice president from 2010 through February 2012.  He also served as Company B’s chief of staff from 2008 through 2010.  According to court documents, Richards performed work for Company B throughout his time at both companies. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 14, 2013, by Judge Brinkema.</li> </ul><ul type="disc"><li>David Sanborn, 60, of Lexington, S.C., pleaded guilty on March 13, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton in the Eastern District of Virginia.  Sanborn served as vice president at Company A from 2001 through 2009 and the company’s president from 2010 through February 2012.  According to court documents, Sanborn performed work for Company B from its inception while on Company A’s payroll.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, 2013, by Judge Hilton.</li> </ul><p>            This case was investigated by the NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG), the SBA OIG, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the General Services Administration OIG and the Department of Homeland Security OIG.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chad Golder and Ryan Faulconer, a former Trial Attorney for the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.</p> <p>            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae" target="_blank">http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae</a>.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at <a href="http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/</a> or on <a href="https://pcl.uscourts.gov/" target="_blank">https://pcl.uscourts.gov/</a>.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/security-contractors-plead-guilty-illegally-obtaining-31-million-contracts-intended">https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/security-contractors-plead-guilty-illegally-obtaining-31-million-contracts-intended</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2104 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Three South Jersey Individuals Plead Guilty To Defrauding FEMA Relating To Major Disasters https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/03062013/three-south-jersey-individuals-plead-guilty-defrauding-fema <span>Three South Jersey Individuals Plead Guilty To Defrauding FEMA Relating To Major Disasters</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-03-07T12:00:00Z">Thursday, March 7, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3101/download?token=ohnAJ15a" type="application/pdf; length=71331">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(69.66 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2106 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Ex‐ICE Contractor Gets Prison in Child Porn Case https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/02042013/ex-ice-contractor-gets-prison-child-porn-case <span>Ex‐ICE Contractor Gets Prison in Child Porn Case </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-02-05T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, February 5, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3102/download?token=ROKD8Q3v" type="application/pdf; length=140534">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(137.24 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2107 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Mexican Man Sent to Prison for Bribery of a Public Official https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/01162013/mexican-man-sent-prison-bribery-public-official <span>Mexican Man Sent to Prison for Bribery of a Public Official</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-01-16T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, January 16, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3776/download?token=Zsn3MhDi" type="application/pdf; length=70012">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(68.37 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>McALLEN, Texas - Jose Luis Huerta-Aguilar, 32, of Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been ordered to federal prison for bribery of a public official, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Huerta-Aguilar pleaded guilty Monday, Nov. 5, 2012.</p> <p>Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Huerta-Aguilar an 18-month sentence. As an illegal alien, Huerta-Aguilar is expected to face deportation proceedings following his release from prison.</p> <p>On June 14, 2012, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent began communicating with via radio with Huerta-Aguilar who was requesting assistance in obtaining entry for himself and two other undocumented aliens. On June 16, 2012, Huerta-Aguilar met with the agent at the Progreso Port of Entry at which time Huerta-Aguilar delivered United States and Mexican currency to the agent as payment to permit Huerta-Aguilar and the aliens entry into the United States without inspection.</p> <p>Huerta-Aguilar will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.</p> <p>The investigation leading to the charges against Huerta-Aguilar was conducted through a joint effort with The Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General, Office of Professional Responsibility, Customs and Border Protection - Office of Internal Affairs and Customs and Border Protection. Assistant United States Attorney Juan Villescas prosecuted the case.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/mexican-man-sent-prison-bribery-public-official">https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/mexican-man-sent-prison-bribery-public-official</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2108 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former FEMA Executive Pleads Guilty To Federal Conflict of Interest Charge https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/01142013/former-fema-executive-pleads-guilty-federal-conflict-interest <span>Former FEMA Executive Pleads Guilty To Federal Conflict of Interest Charge</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-01-15T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, January 15, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3104/download?token=5K-H1aPv" type="application/pdf; length=34206">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(33.4 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2109 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Alabama Businessman Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Paying Bribes https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2013/01082013/alabama-businessman-pleads-guilty-fraud-paying-bribes <span>Alabama Businessman Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Paying Bribes</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2013-01-09T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, January 9, 2013</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3105/download?token=K2QInsmK" type="application/pdf; length=29112">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(28.43 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2110 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Agents Smash Rogue Police Anti-Drug Unit https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/12182012/oig-agents-smash-rogue-police-anti-drug-unit <span>OIG Agents Smash Rogue Police Anti-Drug Unit </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-12-19T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, December 19, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3106/download?token=7HkV1lZc" type="application/pdf; length=137895">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(134.66 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2111 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Honors Trio for Assist in Major Fraud Case https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/12052012/oig-honors-trio-assist-major-fraud-case <span>OIG Honors Trio for Assist in Major Fraud Case</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-12-06T12:00:00Z">Thursday, December 6, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3107/download?token=vL7viPYw" type="application/pdf; length=145183">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(141.78 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2112 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov FEMA Employee Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Over $143,000 https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/11192012/fema-employee-pleads-guilty-embezzling-over-143000 <span>FEMA Employee Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Over $143,000</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-11-20T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, November 20, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3108/download?token=HukzRWh7" type="application/pdf; length=119143">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(116.35 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2113 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Report Suspected Sandy Disaster Scams https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/11072012/report-suspected-sandy-disaster-scams <span>Report Suspected Sandy Disaster Scams</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-11-08T12:00:00Z">Thursday, November 8, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3109/download?token=6Rdqudi5" type="application/pdf; length=131816">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(128.73 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/disaster-recovery" hreflang="en">Disaster Recovery</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2114 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Weco General Manager Pleads Guilty to Recklessly Endangering Aircraft https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/10292012/weco-general-manager-pleads-guilty-recklessly-endangering <span>Weco General Manager Pleads Guilty to Recklessly Endangering Aircraft </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-10-30T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, October 30, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3110/download?token=RSfGgEk0" type="application/pdf; length=174026">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(169.95 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2115 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Joplin woman pleads guilty to disaster fraud related to tornado benefits https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/10252012/joplin-woman-pleads-guilty-disaster-fraud-related-tornado <span>Joplin woman pleads guilty to disaster fraud related to tornado benefits </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-10-26T12:00:00Z">Friday, October 26, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3111/download?token=Uj4hUZPE" type="application/pdf; length=79587">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(77.72 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2116 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced for Sexual Assault https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/10242012/former-border-patrol-agent-sentenced-sexual-assault <span>Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced for Sexual Assault</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-10-25T12:00:00Z">Thursday, October 25, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3112/download?token=prWpMQqX" type="application/pdf; length=126121">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(123.17 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2117 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS OIG Auditors, Investigators Honored https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/10152012/dhs-oig-auditors-investigators-honored <span>DHS OIG Auditors, Investigators Honored</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-10-16T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, October 16, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3113/download?token=ly96lbF0" type="application/pdf; length=18860">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(18.42 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2118 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Report Misrepresents OIG Employee Award Program https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/10102012/report-misrepresents-oig-employee-award-program <span>Report Misrepresents OIG Employee Award Program </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-10-11T12:00:00Z">Thursday, October 11, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3114/download?token=yXmYR_o_" type="application/pdf; length=76354">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(74.56 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2119 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov OIG Investigation Helps to Nab DHS “Agent” Impersonator https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/10012012/oig-investigation-helps-nab-dhs-agent-impersonator <span>OIG Investigation Helps to Nab DHS “Agent” Impersonator </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-10-02T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, October 2, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3115/download?token=05xjjzr-" type="application/pdf; length=127424">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(124.44 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2120 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former United States Coast Guard Supervisor Convicted Of Mail Fraud Involving Stolen Coast Guard Equipment https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/08152012/former-united-states-coast-guard-supervisor-convicted-mail-fraud <span>Former United States Coast Guard Supervisor Convicted Of Mail Fraud Involving Stolen Coast Guard Equipment</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-08-16T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 16, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3116/download?token=WmyodX3f" type="application/pdf; length=30383">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(29.67 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2121 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Two Former Border Patrol Agents Convicted of Alien Smuggling, Bribery and Money Laundering Charges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/08092012/two-former-border-patrol-agents-convicted-alien-smuggling-bribery <span>Two Former Border Patrol Agents Convicted of Alien Smuggling, Bribery and Money Laundering Charges</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-08-10T12:00:00Z">Friday, August 10, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3117/download?token=TZHeotAY" type="application/pdf; length=90727">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(88.6 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2122 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Employee Sentenced For Taking Part in Fraud Against Government https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/07252012/former-us-immigration-and-customs-enforcement-employee-sentenced <span>Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Employee Sentenced For Taking Part in Fraud Against Government </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-07-26T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 26, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3118/download?token=BeQd6miY" type="application/pdf; length=28203">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(27.54 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2123 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Colombian National Sentenced To Prison For Trying To Bribe Immigration Officials https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/07242012/colombian-national-sentenced-prison-trying-bribe-immigration <span>Colombian National Sentenced To Prison For Trying To Bribe Immigration Officials</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-07-25T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, July 25, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3119/download?token=8Vm-R9Vg" type="application/pdf; length=175028">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(170.93 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2124 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov “All Hands” Format Cuts OIG Training Costs by 35 Percent https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/06272012/all-hands-format-cuts-oig-training-costs-35-percent <span>“All Hands” Format Cuts OIG Training Costs by 35 Percent </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-06-28T12:00:00Z">Thursday, June 28, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3120/download?token=MK53-5zr" type="application/pdf; length=101333">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(98.96 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2125 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Twenty-Two Charged For Multi-State Scheme To Obtain Real Driver’s License With Fraudulent Documents https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/06262012/twenty-two-charged-multi-state-scheme-obtain-real-drivers-license <span>Twenty-Two Charged For Multi-State Scheme To Obtain Real Driver’s License With Fraudulent Documents</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-06-27T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 27, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3121/download?token=Sqx35JtZ" type="application/pdf; length=132208">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(129.11 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2126 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Coast Guard Officer Sentenced To 21 Months For Receiving Kickbacks From Contractors https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/06182012/coast-guard-officer-sentenced-21-months-receiving-kickbacks <span>Coast Guard Officer Sentenced To 21 Months For Receiving Kickbacks From Contractors </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-06-19T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 19, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3122/download?token=VQhnguM-" type="application/pdf; length=38120">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(37.23 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2127 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Conroe Man Charged With Disaster Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/05062012/conroe-man-charged-disaster-fraud <span>Conroe Man Charged With Disaster Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-05-07T12:00:00Z">Monday, May 7, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3123/download?token=yFLYz7Bv" type="application/pdf; length=148203">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(144.73 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2128 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former TSA Officer Pleads Guilty To Federal Extortion And Bribery Charges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/03252012/former-tsa-officer-pleads-guilty-federal-extortion-and-bribery <span>Former TSA Officer Pleads Guilty To Federal Extortion And Bribery Charges</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-03-26T12:00:00Z">Monday, March 26, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3124/download?token=SU6iXc7l" type="application/pdf; length=39903">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(38.97 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2129 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff Sentenced To Six Years For Cocaine Trafficking https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/03132012/former-santa-cruz-county-deputy-sheriff-sentenced-six-years <span>Former Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff Sentenced To Six Years For Cocaine Trafficking</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-03-14T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, March 14, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3125/download?token=Of7jrSov" type="application/pdf; length=27012">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(26.38 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2130 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov TSA Screener at JFK Airport Arraigned On Charges of Removing $5,000 In Cash From Passenger’s Jacket During Pre-Boarding Screening https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2012/02022012/tsa-screener-jfk-airport-arraigned-charges-removing-5000-cash <span>TSA Screener at JFK Airport Arraigned On Charges of Removing $5,000 In Cash From Passenger’s Jacket During Pre-Boarding Screening </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2012-02-03T12:00:00Z">Friday, February 3, 2012</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3126/download?token=eHqOqhyt" type="application/pdf; length=103808">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(101.38 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2131 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Official Pleads Guilty to Taking Part in Fraud Against Government - Scheme Involved More Than $50,000 Obtained Through Travel Vouchers https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/12192011/former-us-immigration-and-customs-enforcement-official-pleads <span>Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Official Pleads Guilty to Taking Part in Fraud Against Government - Scheme Involved More Than $50,000 Obtained Through Travel Vouchers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-12-20T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, December 20, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3127/download?token=40vQXO29" type="application/pdf; length=28006">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(27.35 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2132 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Newark Man Sentenced To Prison For Conspiracy To Steal Money Meant For Hurricane Katrina Victims https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/12192011/newark-man-sentenced-prison-conspiracy-steal-money-meant <span>Newark Man Sentenced To Prison For Conspiracy To Steal Money Meant For Hurricane Katrina Victims</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-12-20T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, December 20, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3128/download?token=TxIkK2Fz" type="application/pdf; length=96698">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(94.43 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2133 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former TSA Employee Sentenced For Federal Hate Crime First Case In The Nation Prosecuted Under Shepard-Byrd Act https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/11282011/former-tsa-employee-sentenced-federal-hate-crime-first-case <span>Former TSA Employee Sentenced For Federal Hate Crime First Case In The Nation Prosecuted Under Shepard-Byrd Act</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-11-29T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, November 29, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3129/download?token=Edbg0NiU" type="application/pdf; length=121186">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(118.35 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2134 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former EL Paso I.C.E. Supervisory Intelligence research specialist enters Guilty Plea to Misuse of a Passport and Theft of Government Travel Funds https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/10122011/former-el-paso-ice-supervisory-intelligence-research-specialist <span>Former EL Paso I.C.E. Supervisory Intelligence research specialist enters Guilty Plea to Misuse of a Passport and Theft of Government Travel Funds</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-10-13T12:00:00Z">Thursday, October 13, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3130/download?token=llbisFAa" type="application/pdf; length=68904">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(67.29 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2135 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Midway Airport Customs Officer Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison For Receiving Bribes From Restaurant Employees https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/08292011/former-midway-airport-customs-officer-sentenced-46-months-prison <span>Former Midway Airport Customs Officer Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison For Receiving Bribes From Restaurant Employees</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-08-30T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, August 30, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3131/download?token=JoZR2xOB" type="application/pdf; length=55552">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(54.25 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2136 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Border Patrol Agents Indicted For Civil Rights Violations https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/08032011/border-patrol-agents-indicted-civil-rights-violations <span>Border Patrol Agents Indicted For Civil Rights Violations </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-08-04T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 4, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3132/download?token=OE_jZvSP" type="application/pdf; length=27640">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(26.99 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2137 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Corrections Officer Sentenced For Criminal Sexual Activity https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/07282011/former-corrections-officer-sentenced-criminal-sexual-activity <span>Former Corrections Officer Sentenced For Criminal Sexual Activity</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-07-29T12:00:00Z">Friday, July 29, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3133/download?token=jn69OyKk" type="application/pdf; length=94940">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(92.71 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2138 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Two Charged With Bribing Federal Official  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/07282011/two-charged-bribing-federal-official <span>Two Charged With Bribing Federal Official </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-07-28T12:00:00Z">Thursday, July 28, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3689/download?token=Qp9sXDmQ" type="application/pdf; length=94940">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(92.71 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Joe Phouthavongsa, 49, and Sengchanh Sengsavath, 48, both of Rochester, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with bribing a public official. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.</p> <p>Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendants gave an immigration official $5,000 in cash to pass two other unnamed individuals on an English language proficiency examination. The exam is part of the naturalization process to obtain United States citizenship. Undercover law enforcement officers acted as immigration officials who were willing to accept a cash bribe in return for facilitating the naturalization of the associates of the two men. Phouthavongsa and Sengsavath were arrested outside the U.S. Courthouse after being told to appear for a feigned naturalization ceremony for their associates. The defendants themselves are naturalized United States citizens who were originally born in the country of Laos.</p> <p>Phouthavongsa and Sengsavath appeared before Magistrate H. Kenneth Schroeder and were released on their own recognizance.</p> <p>The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation by special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Gregory K. Knull; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.</p> <p>The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.</p> <p>This content has been reproduced from its <a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/nyw/" target="_blank">original source</a>.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/buffalo/press-releases/2011/two-charged-with-bribing-federal-official" target="_blank">https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/buffalo/press-releases/2011/two-charged-with-bribing-federal-official</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2139 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Inspector General Updates Report https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/07072011/dhs-inspector-general-updates-report <span>DHS Inspector General Updates Report </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-07-08T12:00:00Z">Friday, July 8, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3135/download?token=jgB354UI" type="application/pdf; length=40726">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(39.77 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2140 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Supervisory Transportation Security Officer At Newark Airport Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Taking Bribes https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/06052011/former-supervisory-transportation-security-officer-newark-airport <span>Former Supervisory Transportation Security Officer At Newark Airport Sentenced To 30 Months In Prison For Taking Bribes </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-06-06T12:00:00Z">Monday, June 6, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3136/download?token=Ab1-BOYv" type="application/pdf; length=175337">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(171.23 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2141 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former CIS Contractor Sentenced to 66 months Confinement in Citizenship Procurement Scheme https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/05242011/former-cis-contractor-sentenced-66-months-confinement-citizenship <span>Former CIS Contractor Sentenced to 66 months Confinement in Citizenship Procurement Scheme </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-05-25T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, May 25, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3137/download?token=Z-UG5SfI" type="application/pdf; length=52219">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(51 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2142 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Supervisor at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Convicted Of Bribery and Fraud Charges  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/05022011/former-supervisor-us-citizenship-and-immigration-services <span>Former Supervisor at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Convicted Of Bribery and Fraud Charges </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-05-03T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, May 3, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3138/download?token=u4IritjH" type="application/pdf; length=118709">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(115.93 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2143 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov John F. Heard Jr., Owner Of Superior Protection Inc., Sentenced To Prison For Conspiracy, Tax Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, Bribery And Other Charges  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/04072011/john-f-heard-jr-owner-superior-protection-inc-sentenced-prison <span>John F. Heard Jr., Owner Of Superior Protection Inc., Sentenced To Prison For Conspiracy, Tax Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, Bribery And Other Charges </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-04-08T12:00:00Z">Friday, April 8, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3139/download?token=VqsfcUtW" type="application/pdf; length=127090">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(124.11 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2144 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov FEMA Employee Charged With Embezzling Over $149,000  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/04072011/fema-employee-charged-embezzling-over-149000 <span>FEMA Employee Charged With Embezzling Over $149,000 </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-04-08T12:00:00Z">Friday, April 8, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3140/download?token=a8XUq6Id" type="application/pdf; length=127209">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(124.23 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2145 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/03272011/rochester-man-pleads-guilty-fema-fraud <span>Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to FEMA Fraud </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-03-28T12:00:00Z">Monday, March 28, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3141/download?token=BbnGqEmR" type="application/pdf; length=49468">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(48.31 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2146 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Georgia Man Ordered To Repay Over $18K For Hurricane Ike Related Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/03232011/georgia-man-ordered-repay-over-18k-hurricane-ike-related-fraud <span>Georgia Man Ordered To Repay Over $18K For Hurricane Ike Related Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-03-24T12:00:00Z">Thursday, March 24, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3142/download?token=r1fSo0R8" type="application/pdf; length=117493">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(114.74 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2147 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Three Employees At Buffalo Federal Detention Facility Indicted For Steroid Trafficking https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/03162011/three-employees-buffalo-federal-detention-facility-indicted <span>Three Employees At Buffalo Federal Detention Facility Indicted For Steroid Trafficking</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-03-17T12:00:00Z">Thursday, March 17, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3143/download?token=JJkjus50" type="application/pdf; length=43119">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(42.11 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2148 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Corrupt Federal Officer Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Guns And Drug Money Through The Airport https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/03162011/corrupt-federal-officer-pleads-guilty-smuggling-guns-and-drug <span>Corrupt Federal Officer Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Guns And Drug Money Through The Airport</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-03-17T12:00:00Z">Thursday, March 17, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3144/download?token=DxyqvWuv" type="application/pdf; length=87747">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(85.69 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2149 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Oakville Man Charged With Disaster Fraud And Making A False Statement In Relation To 2008 Oakville Flooding https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/02242011/oakville-man-charged-disaster-fraud-and-making-false-statement <span>Oakville Man Charged With Disaster Fraud And Making A False Statement In Relation To 2008 Oakville Flooding</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-02-25T12:00:00Z">Friday, February 25, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3145/download?token=HwwcGrhI" type="application/pdf; length=102420">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(100.02 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2150 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Lead Transportation Security Officer At Newark International Airport Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Travelers https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/02232011/lead-transportation-security-officer-newark-international-airport <span>Lead Transportation Security Officer At Newark International Airport Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Travelers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-02-24T12:00:00Z">Thursday, February 24, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3146/download?token=1saq2tih" type="application/pdf; length=168177">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(164.24 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2151 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Supervisory Transportation Security Officer At Newark International Airport Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/02132011/supervisory-transportation-security-officer-newark-international <span>Supervisory Transportation Security Officer At Newark International Airport Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-02-14T12:00:00Z">Monday, February 14, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3147/download?token=aHJbYOne" type="application/pdf; length=168303">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(164.36 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2152 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Federal Immigration Enforcement Officer Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison For Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/02012011/former-federal-immigration-enforcement-officer-sentenced-ten <span>Former Federal Immigration Enforcement Officer Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison For Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-02-02T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, February 2, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3148/download?token=WNiGzi6x" type="application/pdf; length=103021">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(100.61 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2153 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Department of Homeland Security Helicopter Pilot Charged With Lying To Investigators https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/02012011/department-homeland-security-helicopter-pilot-charged-lying <span>Department of Homeland Security Helicopter Pilot Charged With Lying To Investigators</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-02-02T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, February 2, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3149/download?token=FgdqaHuf" type="application/pdf; length=178799">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(174.61 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2154 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Liberty County Judge And Commissioner Indicted In Hurricane Fraud Scheme https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/01272011/former-liberty-county-judge-and-commissioner-indicted-hurricane <span>Former Liberty County Judge And Commissioner Indicted In Hurricane Fraud Scheme</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-01-28T12:00:00Z">Friday, January 28, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3150/download?token=Lk-NCYJU" type="application/pdf; length=45080">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(44.02 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2155 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Announces Retirement https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2011/01122011/department-homeland-security-inspector-general-announces <span>Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Announces Retirement</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2011-01-13T12:00:00Z">Thursday, January 13, 2011</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3151/download?token=bHAIX8uD" type="application/pdf; length=34290">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(33.49 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2156 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Company, Owner And Three Others Convicted For Conspiracy, Tax Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, Bribery https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/11112010/company-owner-and-three-others-convicted-conspiracy-tax-fraud <span>Company, Owner And Three Others Convicted For Conspiracy, Tax Fraud, Bankruptcy Fraud, Bribery</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-11-12T12:00:00Z">Friday, November 12, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3152/download?token=b--a5Gb-" type="application/pdf; length=110307">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(107.72 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2157 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Germantown Man Who Impersonated A Federal Immigration Agent Pleads Guilty To Fraud Scheme https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/09262010/germantown-man-who-impersonated-federal-immigration-agent-pleads <span>Germantown Man Who Impersonated A Federal Immigration Agent Pleads Guilty To Fraud Scheme</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-09-27T12:00:00Z">Monday, September 27, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3153/download?token=iAt5BGsq" type="application/pdf; length=63761">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(62.27 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2158 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov CBP Officer Charged with Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/09232010/cbp-officer-charged-conspiracy-import-controlled-substance <span>CBP Officer Charged with Conspiracy to Import a Controlled Substance </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-09-24T12:00:00Z">Friday, September 24, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3154/download?token=avMgt4wx" type="application/pdf; length=57569">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(56.22 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2159 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Inspector General Announces OIG Ranked Best Place To Work https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/09012010/dhs-inspector-general-announces-oig-ranked-best-place-work <span>DHS Inspector General Announces OIG Ranked Best Place To Work</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-09-02T12:00:00Z">Thursday, September 2, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3155/download?token=1zdFWOtc" type="application/pdf; length=34400">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(33.59 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2160 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former CBP Technician Sentenced In Drug/Official Corruption Case https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/08252010/former-cbp-technician-sentenced-drugofficial-corruption-case <span>Former CBP Technician Sentenced In Drug/Official Corruption Case</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-08-26T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 26, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3156/download?token=NMLPcnBL" type="application/pdf; length=90810">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(88.68 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2161 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Man Pleads Guilty in Theft of FEMA Benefits Case https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/08182010/man-pleads-guilty-theft-fema-benefits-case <span>Man Pleads Guilty in Theft of FEMA Benefits Case</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-08-19T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 19, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3157/download?token=Pi4N3YSN" type="application/pdf; length=63384">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(61.9 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2162 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Homeland Security Employee Charged With Stealing Neil Armstrong Customs Document https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/07192010/homeland-security-employee-charged-stealing-neil-armstrong <span>Homeland Security Employee Charged With Stealing Neil Armstrong Customs Document</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-07-20T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, July 20, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3158/download?token=-Fc5ig_h" type="application/pdf; length=37980">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(37.09 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2163 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov New Orleans Man Sentenced for Mail Fraud and Theft of Federal Funds https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/06292010/new-orleans-man-sentenced-mail-fraud-and-theft-federal-funds <span>New Orleans Man Sentenced for Mail Fraud and Theft of Federal Funds</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-06-30T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 30, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3159/download?token=f3H_6Oy7" type="application/pdf; length=25847">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(25.24 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2164 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former ICE Agent Pleads to Importing Steriods https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/06212010/former-ice-agent-pleads-importing-steriods <span>Former ICE Agent Pleads to Importing Steriods</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-06-22T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 22, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3160/download?token=eaOQmmRe" type="application/pdf; length=88798">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(86.72 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2165 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Collinsville Man Sentenced on Weapons and Theft Convictions https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/06172010/collinsville-man-sentenced-weapons-and-theft-convictions <span>Collinsville Man Sentenced on Weapons and Theft Convictions</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-06-18T12:00:00Z">Friday, June 18, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3161/download?token=8iU1u2u6" type="application/pdf; length=841090">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(821.38 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2166 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Contracting Officer Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Violating Conflict of Interest Laws by Awarding Contracts to His Own Companies https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/06162010/former-immigration-and-customs-enforcement-contracting-officer <span>Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Contracting Officer Pleads Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court to Violating Conflict of Interest Laws by Awarding Contracts to His Own Companies</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-06-17T12:00:00Z">Thursday, June 17, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3162/download?token=52l4mowb" type="application/pdf; length=172399">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(168.36 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2167 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Federal Immigration Officer Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/06152010/former-federal-immigration-officer-pleads-guilty-cocaine <span>Former Federal Immigration Officer Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-06-16T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 16, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3163/download?token=kqw1j53d" type="application/pdf; length=163517">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(159.68 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2168 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Homeland Security Agent Pleads Guilty in "Sex for Green Card" Scam https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/04142010/former-homeland-security-agent-pleads-guilty-sex-green-card-scam <span>Former Homeland Security Agent Pleads Guilty in &quot;Sex for Green Card&quot; Scam</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-04-15T12:00:00Z">Thursday, April 15, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3164/download?token=NCnMq_zN" type="application/pdf; length=113229">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(110.58 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2169 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Judge Sentences 2 Former Delta Ticket Agents to 5 Months in Prison https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/03312010/judge-sentences-2-former-delta-ticket-agents-5-months-prison <span>Judge Sentences 2 Former Delta Ticket Agents to 5 Months in Prison</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-04-01T12:00:00Z">Thursday, April 1, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3165/download?token=GucBSPa1" type="application/pdf; length=68383">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(66.78 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2170 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov DHS Inspector General Announces Appointment of John Ryan https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/03282010/dhs-inspector-general-announces-appointment-john-ryan <span>DHS Inspector General Announces Appointment of John Ryan</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-03-29T12:00:00Z">Monday, March 29, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3166/download?token=ogVFfDRm" type="application/pdf; length=40437">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(39.49 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/it-security" hreflang="en">IT Security</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2171 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov JFK Security Officer and Baggage Handler Pleads Guilty in Failed Integrity Test  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/03242010/jfk-security-officer-and-baggage-handler-pleads-guilty-failed <span>JFK Security Officer and Baggage Handler Pleads Guilty in Failed Integrity Test </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-03-25T12:00:00Z">Thursday, March 25, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3167/download?token=KE8QHiHr" type="application/pdf; length=94026">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(91.82 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2172 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Hartford Landlord Pleads Guilty to Stealing Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefits https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/03042010/hartford-landlord-pleads-guilty-stealing-hurricane-katrina-relief <span>Hartford Landlord Pleads Guilty to Stealing Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefits</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-03-05T12:00:00Z">Friday, March 5, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3168/download?token=rsT4Ob0U" type="application/pdf; length=31027">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(30.3 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2173 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Harris County Deputy Sheriff Indicted for Disclosing Confidential Information for Cash https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/02232010/harris-county-deputy-sheriff-indicted-disclosing-confidential <span>Harris County Deputy Sheriff Indicted for Disclosing Confidential Information for Cash</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-02-24T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, February 24, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3169/download?token=l-Q1AAPE" type="application/pdf; length=227764">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(222.43 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2174 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Calexico Narcotics Tunnel Operators Pleads Guilty in Federal Court https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/02222010/calexico-narcotics-tunnel-operators-pleads-guilty-federal-court <span>Calexico Narcotics Tunnel Operators Pleads Guilty in Federal Court</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-02-23T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, February 23, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3170/download?token=BaRa5ljk" type="application/pdf; length=65031">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(63.51 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2175 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Immigration Enforcement Officer, Two others Indicted in Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/02152010/immigration-enforcement-officer-two-others-indicted-cocaine <span>Immigration Enforcement Officer, Two others Indicted in Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-02-16T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, February 16, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3171/download?token=txghlJld" type="application/pdf; length=337314">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(329.41 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2176 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Baton Rouge Man Sentenced for Katrina Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/02102010/baton-rouge-man-sentenced-katrina-fraud <span>Baton Rouge Man Sentenced for Katrina Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-02-11T12:00:00Z">Thursday, February 11, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3172/download?token=nFIz2Y4R" type="application/pdf; length=33105">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(32.33 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2177 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov New Orleans Man Arrested for Health Care Fraud  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/02102010/new-orleans-man-arrested-health-care-fraud <span>New Orleans Man Arrested for Health Care Fraud </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-02-11T12:00:00Z">Thursday, February 11, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3173/download?token=Tth4J7E6" type="application/pdf; length=34635">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(33.82 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2178 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Customs and Border Protection Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/01212010/former-customs-and-border-protection-officer-sentenced-federal <span>Former Customs and Border Protection Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-01-22T12:00:00Z">Friday, January 22, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3174/download?token=5IwYsEbd" type="application/pdf; length=43905">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(42.88 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2179 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Louisiana Road Home Program https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/01192010/mississippi-man-pleads-guilty-defrauding-louisiana-road-home <span>Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Louisiana Road Home Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-01-20T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, January 20, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3175/download?token=Ux6Nw4vn" type="application/pdf; length=29342">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(28.65 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2180 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Man Sentenced in Hurricane Katrina Fraud Case  https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2010/01182010/man-sentenced-hurricane-katrina-fraud-case <span>Man Sentenced in Hurricane Katrina Fraud Case </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-01-19T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, January 19, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3176/download?token=mN3dhup6" type="application/pdf; length=49354">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(48.2 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2181 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Federal Grand Jury in Cleveland, Ohio, Returned Indictments Against Eight Individuals for Theft of Public Money https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/12312009/federal-grand-jury-cleveland-ohio-returned-indictments-against <span>Federal Grand Jury in Cleveland, Ohio, Returned Indictments Against Eight Individuals for Theft of Public Money</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2010-01-01T12:00:00Z">Friday, January 1, 2010</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3177/download?token=rV9WB3KB" type="application/pdf; length=701216">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(684.78 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2182 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov United States Customs And Border Patrol Officer Indicted For Receipt Of Child Pornography https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/12212009/united-states-customs-and-border-patrol-officer-indicted-receipt <span>United States Customs And Border Patrol Officer Indicted For Receipt Of Child Pornography</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-12-22T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, December 22, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3178/download?token=-WwTvMSE" type="application/pdf; length=69489">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(67.86 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2183 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Federal Immigration Officer Arrested For Receiving Bribes To Approve Immigrants For Citizenship https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/12072009/federal-immigration-officer-arrested-receiving-bribes-approve <span>Federal Immigration Officer Arrested For Receiving Bribes To Approve Immigrants For Citizenship</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-12-08T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, December 8, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3179/download?token=CWD7g4I5" type="application/pdf; length=109877">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(107.3 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2184 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Detroit Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison on Carjacking and Other Related Offenses https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/11302009/detroit-man-sentenced-30-years-prison-carjacking-and-other <span>Detroit Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison on Carjacking and Other Related Offenses </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-12-01T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, December 1, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3180/download?token=KXLi_Krz" type="application/pdf; length=70772">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(69.11 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2185 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Fourth Individual Pleads Guilty to Fradulently Obtaining Disaster Assistance After Purchasing New Home Through Oprah's Angel Network, Habitat for Humanity and The City of Houston https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/10272009/fourth-individual-pleads-guilty-fradulently-obtaining-disaster <span>Fourth Individual Pleads Guilty to Fradulently Obtaining Disaster Assistance After Purchasing New Home Through Oprah&#039;s Angel Network, Habitat for Humanity and The City of Houston</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-10-28T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, October 28, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3181/download?token=nlEyBzb7" type="application/pdf; length=126135">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(123.18 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2186 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Three Individuals Indicted and Arrested for Conspiracy and Consealment of Assets of the Farmacia El Senorial https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/10182009/three-individuals-indicted-and-arrested-conspiracy-and <span>Three Individuals Indicted and Arrested for Conspiracy and Consealment of Assets of the Farmacia El Senorial</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-10-19T12:00:00Z">Monday, October 19, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3182/download?token=ZJ-_c257" type="application/pdf; length=45818">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(44.74 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2187 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Courtroom Bailiff Sentenced to Federal Prison https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/10152009/former-courtroom-bailiff-sentenced-federal-prison <span>Former Courtroom Bailiff Sentenced to Federal Prison</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-10-16T12:00:00Z">Friday, October 16, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3183/download?token=HV2SACUk" type="application/pdf; length=71920">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(70.23 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2188 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov CBP Officer Charged with Unlawful Access to Government Databases https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/10072009/cbp-officer-charged-unlawful-access-government-databases <span>CBP Officer Charged with Unlawful Access to Government Databases</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-10-08T12:00:00Z">Thursday, October 8, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3184/download?token=pGJWaWHd" type="application/pdf; length=96268">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(94.01 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2189 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Gulfport Mayor Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Katrina Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/09242009/former-gulfport-mayor-pleads-guilty-and-sentenced-katrina-fraud <span>Former Gulfport Mayor Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Katrina Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-09-25T12:00:00Z">Friday, September 25, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3185/download?token=eK-c7gtg" type="application/pdf; length=45547">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(44.48 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2190 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Saint Rose Resident Indicted For Defrauding The Louisiana Road Home Program And The Federal Emergency Management Agency https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/09172009/saint-rose-resident-indicted-defrauding-louisiana-road-home <span>Saint Rose Resident Indicted For Defrauding The Louisiana Road Home Program And The Federal Emergency Management Agency</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-09-18T12:00:00Z">Friday, September 18, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3186/download?token=qUvkzhRU" type="application/pdf; length=13350">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(13.04 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2191 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Miami Group Sentenced in Conspiracy to Defraud Aliens https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/09172009/miami-group-sentenced-conspiracy-defraud-aliens <span>Miami Group Sentenced in Conspiracy to Defraud Aliens</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-09-18T12:00:00Z">Friday, September 18, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3187/download?token=QAJs66-c" type="application/pdf; length=27563">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(26.92 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2192 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Two Former Delta Ticket Agents and King Airport Luggage Handler Indicted in Alien Smuggling Scheme https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/09032009/two-former-delta-ticket-agents-and-king-airport-luggage-handler <span>Two Former Delta Ticket Agents and King Airport Luggage Handler Indicted in Alien Smuggling Scheme</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-09-04T12:00:00Z">Friday, September 4, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3188/download?token=crMH9fRl" type="application/pdf; length=84059">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(82.09 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2193 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Four Indicted for Fraudulently Obtaining Disaster Rental Assistance After Purchasing New Homes Through Oprah Winfrey's Charity "Oprah's Angel Network" https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/08182009/four-indicted-fraudulently-obtaining-disaster-rental-assistance <span>Four Indicted for Fraudulently Obtaining Disaster Rental Assistance After Purchasing New Homes Through Oprah Winfrey&#039;s Charity &quot;Oprah&#039;s Angel Network&quot;</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-08-19T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, August 19, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3189/download?token=rOBtjDXy" type="application/pdf; length=134148">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(131 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2194 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov FEMA Fraud - Two more Sentenced https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/08162009/fema-fraud-two-more-sentenced <span>FEMA Fraud - Two more Sentenced</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-08-17T12:00:00Z">Monday, August 17, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3190/download?token=HMtpgiX5" type="application/pdf; length=25863">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(25.26 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2195 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Detroit Man Found Guilty of Carjacking and Other Related Offenses https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/08062009/detroit-man-found-guilty-carjacking-and-other-related-offenses <span>Detroit Man Found Guilty of Carjacking and Other Related Offenses </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-08-07T12:00:00Z">Friday, August 7, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3191/download?token=rp6ohGUp" type="application/pdf; length=148529">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(145.05 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2196 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov New Orleans Man Indicted for Mail Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/08052009/new-orleans-man-indicted-mail-fraud-and-aggravated-identity-theft <span>New Orleans Man Indicted for Mail Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-08-06T12:00:00Z">Thursday, August 6, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3192/download?token=M6MhHGlc" type="application/pdf; length=27572">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(26.93 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2197 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Covington Woman Sentenced for Defrauding State Farm Insurance https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/08042009/covington-woman-sentenced-defrauding-state-farm-insurance <span>Covington Woman Sentenced for Defrauding State Farm Insurance</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-08-05T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, August 5, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3193/download?token=45ZjzTg7" type="application/pdf; length=36225">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(35.38 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2198 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov U.S. Sues First Choice Armor & Equipment for Providing Defective Bullet-Proof Vests to Law Enforcement Agencies https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/08032009/us-sues-first-choice-armor-equipment-providing-defective-bullet <span>U.S. Sues First Choice Armor &amp; Equipment for Providing Defective Bullet-Proof Vests to Law Enforcement Agencies </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-08-03T12:00:00Z">Monday, August 3, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3194/download?token=VJ-nZu-2" type="application/pdf; length=27997">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(27.34 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>The United States has filed a False Claims Act lawsuit against First Choice Armor &amp; Equipment Inc. and its founder, Edward Dovner, for submitting false claims for bullet-proof vests purchased by the United States for federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, the Justice Department announced today.</p> <p>First Choice, which manufactured and sold bullet-proof vests containing Zylon fiber from 2000- 2005, marketed its vests to law enforcement agencies as a thinner and more lightweight alternative to other bullet-proof vests. The United States alleges that at the same time First Choice was selling its Zylon bullet-proof vests, the company and its founder knew of significant manufacturing and degradation problems in the Zylon fiber that rendered the material unsafe for ballistic use. In fact, when the Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice tested eight of First Choice’s bullet-proof vests in 2005, all failed.</p> <p>The United States has also sued Mr. Dovner and Karen Herman, Mr. Dovner’s wife and First Choice’s president, for a fraudulent conveyance – a transfer of property that is made to swindle, hinder or delay a creditor, or to put such property beyond his or her reach – in violation of the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act. The government alleges that after learning of the investigation into Zylon bullet-proof vests, Mr. Dovner and Ms. Herman removed more than $5 million from First Choice. Mr. Dovner then purchased a Ferrari, a Maserati and a private jet through various shell companies.</p> <p>"By providing defective bullet-proof vests to the nation’s law enforcement officers, First Choice put the lives of those officers at risk," stated Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. "The government’s investigation has determined that bullet-proof vest manufacturers, such as First Choice, wasted taxpayer dollars by failing to address these problems even after they were warned about them."</p> <p>The United States is already pursuing lawsuits against Toyobo Co., the manufacturer of the Zylon fiber used in the First Choice bullet-proof vests, as well as Second Chance Body Armor and Honeywell International Inc., two other companies that manufactured Zylon vests or components for those vests. The government has previously settled for more than $47 million with five other entities that allegedly were involved in the manufacture or sale of defective Zylon vests.</p> <p>Assistant Attorney General West acknowledged the cooperation between the many government agencies participating in this ongoing investigation, including the Justice Department’s Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the General Services Administration Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Division, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Department of Energy Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Defense Contracting Audit Agency.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-sues-first-choice-armor-equipment-providing-defective-bullet-proof-vests-law-enforcement">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-sues-first-choice-armor-equipment-providing-defective-bullet-proof-vests-law-enforcement</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/false-claims-act-investigations" hreflang="en">False Claims Act Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2199 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov New Britain Woman, Hartford Landlord, Charged with Stealing Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefits https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/07282009/new-britain-woman-hartford-landlord-charged-stealing-hurricane <span>New Britain Woman, Hartford Landlord, Charged with Stealing Hurricane Katrina Relief Benefits</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-07-29T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, July 29, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3195/download?token=Uptf3VM2" type="application/pdf; 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length=36479">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(35.62 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2202 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Miami Woman Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Immigration Fraud, and Wire Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/07062009/miami-woman-convicted-conspiracy-commit-immigration-fraud-and <span>Miami Woman Convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Immigration Fraud, and Wire Fraud </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-07-07T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, July 7, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3198/download?token=JXauZTRZ" type="application/pdf; 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length=57181">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(55.84 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2204 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Customs and Border Protection Officer Sentenced for Computer Theft https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/06252009/customs-and-border-protection-officer-sentenced-computer-theft <span>Customs and Border Protection Officer Sentenced for Computer Theft </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-06-26T12:00:00Z">Friday, June 26, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3200/download?token=6waOMLGJ" type="application/pdf; length=80359">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(78.48 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2205 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Another Sentenced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Disaster Relief Fraud Charges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/06232009/another-sentenced-baton-rouge-louisiana-disaster-relief-fraud <span>Another Sentenced in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Disaster Relief Fraud Charges</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-06-24T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 24, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3202/download?token=zaxpRVDu" type="application/pdf; length=25715">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(25.11 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2207 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Louisiana Road Home Program https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/06232009/woman-sentenced-defrauding-louisiana-road-home-program <span>Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Louisiana Road Home Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-06-24T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 24, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3203/download?token=eVol7TXw" type="application/pdf; length=19471">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(19.01 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2208 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Chalmette Man Charged With Theft of Government Funds https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/06232009/chalmette-man-charged-theft-government-funds <span>Chalmette Man Charged With Theft of Government Funds</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-06-24T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 24, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3201/download?token=sibFII4R" type="application/pdf; length=14447">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(14.11 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2206 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov New Orleans Man Indicted for Fraud Charges Related To Hurricane Katrina https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/06182009/new-orleans-man-indicted-fraud-charges-related-hurricane-katrina <span>New Orleans Man Indicted for Fraud Charges Related To Hurricane Katrina</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-06-19T12:00:00Z">Friday, June 19, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3204/download?token=Hcx-40e_" type="application/pdf; length=19307">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(18.85 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2209 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Deportation Officer Pleads Guilty to Charge of Producing Child Pornography https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/06152009/deportation-officer-pleads-guilty-charge-producing-child <span>Deportation Officer Pleads Guilty to Charge of Producing Child Pornography</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-06-16T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, June 16, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3205/download?token=IMJxYgfl" type="application/pdf; 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length=39486">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(38.56 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2211 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Four Indicted for Hurricane Katrina Fraud https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/06022009/four-indicted-hurricane-katrina-fraud <span>Four Indicted for Hurricane Katrina Fraud</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-06-03T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, June 3, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3207/download?token=R8lv8W57" type="application/pdf; length=26047">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(25.44 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2212 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former U.S. Coast Guard Official Sentenced on Extortion Charge https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/05122009/former-us-coast-guard-official-sentenced-extortion-charge <span>Former U.S. Coast Guard Official Sentenced on Extortion Charge</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-05-13T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, May 13, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3209/download?token=a1_G6-l4" type="application/pdf; length=75771">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(74 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2214 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former St. Tammy Parish Councilman Joseph Impastato and Former Mandeville Public Works Director Sentenced in Federal Court https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/05122009/former-st-tammy-parish-councilman-joseph-impastato-and-former <span>Former St. Tammy Parish Councilman Joseph Impastato and Former Mandeville Public Works Director Sentenced in Federal Court</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-05-13T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, May 13, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3208/download?token=lisy9pFo" type="application/pdf; length=24605">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(24.03 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2213 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Miami Group Charged in Conspiracy to Defraud Aliens https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/04162009/miami-group-charged-conspiracy-defraud-aliens <span>Miami Group Charged in Conspiracy to Defraud Aliens</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-04-17T12:00:00Z">Friday, April 17, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3210/download?token=ajq8ZO0u" type="application/pdf; length=115542">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(112.83 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2215 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Three Charged In Hurricane Katrina Fraud Case https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/04142009/three-charged-hurricane-katrina-fraud-case <span>Three Charged In Hurricane Katrina Fraud Case</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-04-15T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, April 15, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3211/download?token=oTfUV-WM" type="application/pdf; length=40266">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(39.32 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2216 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Recipient of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds Sentenced for Stealing $60,200 https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/04122009/recipient-hurricane-katrina-disaster-funds-sentenced-stealing <span>Recipient of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds Sentenced for Stealing $60,200 </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-04-13T12:00:00Z">Monday, April 13, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3212/download?token=KtYcE38h" type="application/pdf; length=54873">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(53.59 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2217 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Two Former Border Patrol Agents Extradited from Mexico To Face Smuggling Charges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/03122009/two-former-border-patrol-agents-extradited-mexico-face-smuggling <span>Two Former Border Patrol Agents Extradited from Mexico To Face Smuggling Charges</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-03-13T12:00:00Z">Friday, March 13, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3213/download?token=ZY8zCHJs" type="application/pdf; length=47888">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(46.77 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2218 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former United States Customs and Border Protection Officer Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/02252009/former-united-states-customs-and-border-protection-officer-pleads <span>Former United States Customs and Border Protection Officer Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-02-26T12:00:00Z">Thursday, February 26, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3214/download?token=6-NQY-Nf" type="application/pdf; length=80666">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(78.78 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2219 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Louisiana Resident Pled Guilty Today in Federal Court on Fraud Charges Related to a Hurricane Disaster Relief Program https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/02032009/louisiana-resident-pled-guilty-today-federal-court-fraud-charges <span>Louisiana Resident Pled Guilty Today in Federal Court on Fraud Charges Related to a Hurricane Disaster Relief Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-02-04T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, February 4, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3215/download?token=uZKFwo-A" type="application/pdf; length=30396">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(29.68 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2220 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Another Pleads Guilty In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, On Disaster Relief Fraud Charges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/01282009/another-pleads-guilty-baton-rouge-louisiana-disaster-relief-fraud <span>Another Pleads Guilty In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, On Disaster Relief Fraud Charges</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-01-29T12:00:00Z">Thursday, January 29, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3216/download?token=aeg4D4L4" type="application/pdf; length=38250">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(37.35 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2221 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Another Pleads Guilty In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, On Disaster Relief Fraud Charges https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/01272009/another-pleads-guilty-baton-rouge-louisiana-disaster-relief-fraud <span>Another Pleads Guilty In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, On Disaster Relief Fraud Charges </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-01-28T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, January 28, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3217/download?token=QoAynEsz" type="application/pdf; length=29712">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(29.02 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2222 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Customs Official and His Wife Charged with Accepting Bribes to Smuggle Drugs into U.S. https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/01272009/customs-official-and-his-wife-charged-accepting-bribes-smuggle <span>Customs Official and His Wife Charged with Accepting Bribes to Smuggle Drugs into U.S.</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-01-28T12:00:00Z">Wednesday, January 28, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3218/download?token=-mZryAkZ" type="application/pdf; length=33528">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(32.74 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2223 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Canadian Company to Pay U.S. More Than $1 Million Related to Sale of Defective Bullet-proof Vests https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/01232009/canadian-company-pay-us-more-1-million-related-sale-defective <span>Canadian Company to Pay U.S. More Than $1 Million Related to Sale of Defective Bullet-proof Vests</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue for-immediate-release"><p>For Immediate Release</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-01-23T12:00:00Z">Friday, January 23, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3219/download?token=DJGVy3PB" type="application/pdf; length=55841">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(54.53 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue body"><p>WASHINGTON - Lincoln Fabrics Ltd., a Canadian weaver of ballistic fabrics, and its American subsidiary, have agreed to pay the United States $4 million to settle the United States’ lawsuit against Lincoln for violations of the False Claims Act in connection with their role in the weaving of Zylon fabric used in the manufacture and sale of defective Zylon bullet-proof vests, the Justice Department announced today.</p> <p>Using Zylon fiber manufactured by Toyobo Corp., Lincoln wove ballistic fabric for the body armor industry. Lincoln’s woven Zylon fabric was used in the manufacture of Zylon bullet-proof vests sold by several companies, including Second Chance Body Armor Inc., First Choice Armor Inc. and Point Blank Body Armor Inc. These vests were purchased by the United States, and by various state, local, and/or tribal law enforcement agencies, who were partially reimbursed by the United States.</p> <p>The United States alleged that the Zylon in these vests lost its ballistic capability quickly, especially when exposed to heat and humidity. The United States further alleged that Lincoln was aware of the defective nature of the Zylon by at least December 2001, but continued to sell Zylon for use in ballistic armor until August 2005, when the National Institute of Justice issued a report that Zylon degraded quickly in ballistic applications. At that time, all American body armor manufacturers stopped using Zylon in body armor.</p> <p>In October 2009, the United States filed suit against Lincoln for violations of the False Claims Act and related claims. The settlement announced today resolves this lawsuit.</p> <p>"Companies that knowingly sell the government defective bulletproof vests not only commit fraud, they put the lives of our law enforcement women and men at risk," said Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. "We will pursue vigorously allegations that these or any other companies manufactured flawed vests, knew about their problems, yet sold them anyway."</p> <p>This settlement is part of a larger investigation of the body armor industry’s use of Zylon in body armor. As part of today’s agreement, Lincoln has pledged its cooperation in the Government’s on-going investigation. The United States previously has settled with six other participants in the Zylon body armor industry for over $54 million. Additionally, the United States has pending lawsuits against Toyobo Co., Honeywell Inc., Second Chance Body Armor, Inc. and First Choice Armor Inc.</p> <p>Today’s settlement with Lincoln was the result of an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department’s Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the General Services Administration Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Department of Energy Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of the Inspector General and the Defense Contracting Audit Agency.</p> <p>This settlement is part of the government’s emphasis on combating fraud. One of the most powerful tools in that effort is the False Claims Act. The Justice Department’s total recoveries in False Claims Act cases since January 2009 have topped $3 billion.</p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-footer"><p>###<br />  </p> <p><strong>DHS Office of the Inspector General, <a href="https://www.oig.dhs.gov" target="_blank" title="DHS OIG Website URL">www.oig.dhs.gov</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Article Link: </strong><a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/canadian-firm-and-us-subsidiary-pay-4-million-settle-lawsuit-connection-sale-defective-bullet">https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/canadian-firm-and-us-subsidiary-pay-4-million-settle-lawsuit-connection-sale-defective-bullet</a></p> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/false-claims-act-investigations" hreflang="en">False Claims Act Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2224 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Deportation Officer Arrested on Charges of Producing Child Pornography https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/01082009/deportation-officer-arrested-charges-producing-child-pornography <span>Deportation Officer Arrested on Charges of Producing Child Pornography</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-01-09T12:00:00Z">Friday, January 9, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3220/download?token=N8j2-xle" type="application/pdf; length=35288">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(34.46 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2225 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drugs and Bribery https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/01072009/former-border-patrol-agent-sentenced-15-years-prison-drugs-and <span>Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Drugs and Bribery</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-01-08T12:00:00Z">Thursday, January 8, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3221/download?token=70j0W-Cf" type="application/pdf; length=36692">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(35.83 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2226 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Former Federal Employees Plead Guilty to Stealing Prescription Medication https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/01052009/former-federal-employees-plead-guilty-stealing-prescription <span>Former Federal Employees Plead Guilty to Stealing Prescription Medication </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-01-06T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, January 6, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3222/download?token=YxY9i_r0" type="application/pdf; length=43255">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(42.24 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2227 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov Recipient of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds Pleads Guilty to Stealing $60,200 https://www.oig.dhs.gov/news/press-releases/2009/01052009/recipient-hurricane-katrina-disaster-funds-pleads-guilty-stealing <span>Recipient of Hurricane Katrina Disaster Funds Pleads Guilty to Stealing $60,200</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">tony.stark</span></span> <span>Sun, 11/06/2016 - 23:28</span> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-date"><time datetime="2009-01-06T12:00:00Z">Tuesday, January 6, 2009</time> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue press-release-pdf"> <span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"> <a href="/file/3223/download?token=rVGZ35I_" type="application/pdf; length=29244">Download PDF</a> <span class="file-size">(28.56 KB)</span> </span> </div> <div class="simplenews_issue testimony-topic"> <div><a href="/news/press-releases/criminal-investigations" hreflang="en">Criminal Investigations</a></div> </div> Mon, 07 Nov 2016 04:28:07 +0000 tony.stark 2228 at https://www.oig.dhs.gov