Most of the time you hear about corruption on television detective shows, but recent internal investigations into the Department of Homeland Security's McAllen, Texas,' field office may prove that some defendants may have been falsely accused of a crime, or people within the office may be committing crimes themselves. The investigation will hopefully bring to light the misconduct that has taken place and possibly clear individuals who may have been wrongly accused.
Federal officials are looking into allegations of falsified records of more than 80 criminal misconduct investigations. Investigators are looking into potential misconduct of homeland security employees who may have made up investigative activity to show progress on misconduct cases involving homeland security employees.
Currently three inspector general employees, including a top investigator, have been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation. Since 2004, 137 Customs and Border Protection employees have been indicted or convicted of corruption related charges. The increase correlates with the Border Patrol doubling in size.
There are approximately 2,500 open cases as of September 20ll and of those, 150 are open investigations. And over the years there have been questions as to which federal enforcement agency has responsibility over Homeland Security offices and who should be investigating criminal misconduct and corruption allegations.
While this investigation is still ongoing, if you find yourself in a situation where you have been charged with a crime, you should contact a defense attorney. They can work with you to determine if the charges against will hold up in a court of law and they can work with you to build an effective defense.
These investigations will continue, but will pose legal consequences for the department until strong leadership and oversight is instituted.
Source: Huffington Post, "Homeland Security Corruption Probes to Be Reviewed," Andrew Becker, April 19, 2012