James M. Woosley, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intelligence chief, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an elaborate scam over several years involving false travel expense reports totaling nearly $600,000.
Woosley must surrender more than $180,000 he made in a scheme that also included several other ICE employees and contractors, federal prosecutors said.
The former federal employees all pleaded guilty to submitting false receipts and vouchers for reimbursement of travel expenses and time worked, according to court documents.
“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 said 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.”
Sentencing was scheduled for July 13. Woosley could serve 18 to 27 months in prison, and faces a potential fine.
Four others previously pleaded guilty in the case, including Lateisha Rollerson, 38, whom Woosley had groomed to become an employee, at times lived with him and later went on to become his personal assistant. As part of her plea agreement in March, Rollerson was ordered to forfeit $295,000 gained in the fraud.
Also convicted were Ahmed Adil Abdallat, William J. Korn and Stephen E. Henderson, all close associates of Woosley who also took part in falsifying travel documents, according to court records.
Backloaded to the last three sentences is this information:
In 2009, Woosley was named the head of ICE intelligence effort. At one point in his career he served as ICE’s interim director for Intelligence.
Woosley was relieved of his position in February, 2011.
All of this fraud was committed between June of 2008 and October of 2010. Obviously, the elevation to head of intel occurred in the middle of that period. Had this occurred under Bush, you can bet the dates would have been foregrounded in the article. As it stands, the information is there, if you read the whole thing, but MSNBC hopes you won’t, and hopes that if you do you are one of their regulars who won’t formulate out loud that this went down under Obama’s watch.
Oh, and Fast and Furious, too.
I tried to discover a photo of Lateisha Rollerson for you, but was unable. It seems unlikely, given the variety of bureaucratic posts that she’s occupied, that there never were any available online. Perhaps Ladd Ehlinger can dig them up. Or perhaps we’re prevented from doing so, because it might be raaaaacist.
At the same time, even as information comes out that Obama waffled and Panetta made the final call on going into bin Laden’s compound, an operation overseen by the Pentagon, but which Obama wants to take credit for (as opposed to awarding it to the guys who did the dirty work), Jose Rodriguez expresses bafflement at Feinstein and Levin’s upcoming report that states categorically that enhanced interrogation had nothing to do with getting ObL.
Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. Whom to believe?
Certainly not Nancy Pelosi. I’m sure that none of you were gulled by her claims never to have been informed about enhanced interrogation, but here’s a breakdown on the documentation and briefings that she received regarding the matter. They have no shame, and that is because they have no honor.