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Ex-ICE Official Sentenced to Probation in Fraud Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former research specialist for Immigration and Customs Enforcement was sentenced to probation for scheming with co-workers to use fake travel vouchers to steal more than $500,000 from the government, the Washington Examiner reports.

William Korn, 53, was sentenced two years of probation and ordered to return tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent expense claims.

Korn is among four ICE employees to plead guilty for their roles in similar schemes with James Woosley, the agency’s former acting director of intelligence.

While working on a temporary assignment during a 14-month period starting in October 2008, Korn began turning in fraudulent travel vouchers for hotel and meal expensive, according to the Examiner.

Former ICE Official Gets 20 Months in Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former federal immigration intelligence director was sentenced to 20 months in prison Friday after getting four subordinates to fraudulently claim more than $500,000 in false expense and pay claims, Reuters reports.

James M. Woosley, 48, the former acting director of the intelligence office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, pleaded guilty in May of stealing more than $188,000 by falsifying travel vouches, hours worked and attendance claims.

Three underlings also have pleaded guilty in the case and received jail terms of between three months and a year and a day. A fourth is awaiting jail sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Woosley “took advantage of the trust he was given by the United States government to carry out a scheme that cost American taxpayers more than a half million dollars,” according to Reuters.

Ex-High Ranking ICE Official Pleads to Ripping Off Government

James Woosley/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former high ranking official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement pleaded guilty Tuesday in D.C. to defrauding the government out of more than $180,000 in a scheme that involved other employees and fraudulent travel vouchers, time and attendance slips and kickbacks.

James Woosley, the former Acting Director of Intelligence for ICE,  pleaded guilty and admitted being part of the scheme that included him getting kickbacks, authorities said. Four others have pleaded guilty to being part of the scheme. In all, the losses totaled about $600,000 to the government, authorities said.

“Today James Woosley became the fifth – and highest-ranking – individual to plead guilty as part of a series of fraud schemes among rogue employees and contractors at ICE,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen in a statement. “He abused his sensitive position of trust to fleece the government by submitting phony paperwork for and taking kickbacks from subordinates who were also on the take. This ongoing investigation demonstrates our dedication to protecting the taxpayer from corrupt government employees and contractors.”