26 May 2006

US Border Patrol Sleaze -- Surely A One-Time Event



Now we got this over on the Mainland. Pulling the whole article because it's dated.

This article, and the preceding news about the El Paso FBI, speak to a larger issue that concerns me even more than immigration and border security. That is, the co-optation of Americans near the border by illicit groups in Mexico. My fear is that rather than Mexicans being inspired by the relative safety and economic freedoms of the US, some Americans will sink to the level of corrupt Mexicans. This will diffuse the notable differences between the US and Mexico on the border, those being integrity, respect for law, economic confidence, and quality.

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Ex-agent is accusedof stealing from wallet
By Louie Gilot / El Paso Times

The former lead intelligence agent at the El Paso Border Patrol station was charged with theft in federal court for allegedly stealing from a co-worker's wallet at work, court documents showed. A criminal complaint said that on Dec. 12, 2005, Eva Martinez took the wallet from an unsecured briefcase laid on a file cabinet in the cubicle she shared with the victim. Martinez allegedly took a driver's license, an ATM card and a personal check for $170 from the wallet.

Officials with the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, who investigated the matter, said that later the same day Martinez forged the victim's name on the check, cashed it and used it to make a car payment.

She allegedly used the ATM card at Auto Zone,

Martinez allegedly sold some of the items she purchased with the card at a bar and others were found during a search at her home on Dec. 16, officials said.

Officials said Martinez admitted to the theft orally and in writing. She faces up to two years in prison if convicted, according to court documents. She has a court hearing next month.

Border Patrol officials said Martinez no longer works for the agency.

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