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DHS agent pleads guilty in records-falsification case

A former special agent of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to participating in a scheme to falsify records and to obstruct an internal field office inspection, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said.

A former special agent of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to participating in a scheme to falsify records and to obstruct an internal field office inspection, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said.

The former agent, Wayne Ball of McAllen, Texas, entered a guilty plea in federal court to one count of conspiracy to falsify records in federal investigations and to obstruct an agency proceeding, DOJ said. Ball served as a special agent with DHS-OIG at its McAllen Field Office from January 2009 to November 2012, according to court documents.

According to court documents, DHS-OIG conducted an internal inspection of the field office in September 2011. Beginning in August 2011, Ball and at least two other DHS-OIG employees allegedly engaged in a scheme to falsify documents in investigative case files, DOJ said, to conceal lapses of activity in criminal investigations, including by falsifying investigative activity which had not taken place. According to court documents, those acts of falsification included drafting and backdating false documents.

Ball, who is scheduled to be sentenced on April 16, 2013, faces a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge.

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