December 28, 2012
Jim Kouri -- Law Enforcement Examiner -- December 16, 2014
The Department of Homeland Security's special agent in charge of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is facing three years in federal prison for his role in falsifying government records and obstruct an internal inspection. The sentence was meted out on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Southern District of Texas, according to a Justice Department report.
According to the Department of Justice, Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) Eugenio Pedraza headed a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office that investigated alleged misconduct and criminality at other government agencies. "[SAIC] Pedraza attempted to impede and obstruct the investigation of his own office,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell. “Pedraza's criminal conduct resulted in the premature closing of criminal cases without resolution, potentially endangering our national security and allowing others to escape justice. We will root out and prosecute corruption wherever it may be found, including within the ranks of federal law enforcement.”
The case, while hardly garnering any news media attention, is considered as serious as it is disturbing. As a ranking federal law enforcement official, the 48-year-old Pedraza directed law enforcement agents, who reported to him, to falsify documents stemming from criminal investigations, including investigations of DHS employees who were suspected of being involved in human trafficking and narcotics smuggling from Mexico or Central America into the United States.
Pedraza's covered up at least seven investigations into Customs officers and Border Patrol agents who allegedly accepted bribes to allow "shipments" of illegal aliens and narcotics into the United States between 2009 and 2011. Pedraza attempted to cover up severe lapses in the standards set for his field office by his higher-ups in Washington, D.C., including the deficient investigative standards of the OIG he ran, according to federal authorities.
DHS -- A Conspiracy to Deceive
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol
I have studied the operations of the DHS on the border, up-close, for twelve years. In my humble opinion, the entire operation is a conspiracy designed to erase our borders and our immigration laws. This is being done with the full knowledge of our federal elected officials, including Republican leaders.
The question is: Will the American people catch on before it is too late?