The top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department told a House oversight panel today that turf battles over internal corruption investigations have subsided and his agency is not backlogged with employee misconduct cases, but he deflected questions about an ongoing criminal investigation of a Texas branch office.
Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees Lateisha Rollerson and Stephen Henderson are headed for their roles in a travel voucher fraud and embezzlement scheme that bilked the government of more than $500,000.
A former intelligence specialist with Immigration and Customs Enforcement pleaded guilty last week to embezzling more than $50,000, the second agency employee recently convicted in an unfolding travel voucher kickback scheme that stretches from Arizona to Washington.
A former intelligence analyst with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement pleaded guilty Thursday in Federal District Court in El Paso to stealing at least $70,000 from the government as part of a travel receipt scheme and using a diplomatic passport for personal trips to the Middle East.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement supervisor is awaiting arraignment after a federal grand jury in El Paso indicted him for allegedly stealing government funds and misusing a diplomatic passport.
A U.S. Army veteran who spent more than seven months in an immigration lock-up, despite his protestations that he was a naturalized American citizen, has received a $400,000 settlement and a written apology from the U.S. government.
Several agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including the former head of the agency's intelligence office, are subjects of an internal inquiry into alleged personal misconduct, sources say.
As Republicans assumed control of the House last week, immigration advocates and Democrats are bracing for what could be a painful two years, with looming battles in the courts, statehouses and on the Hill.