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2 Texas Border Politicians, 1 Judge, 1 Lawyer Arrested on Federal Fraud Charges

A former border county commissioner, a former city commissioner, and a local attorney face federal fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges. The charges come in connection with a long-term bribery scheme over construction contracts. A former municipal judge already pleaded guilty to his role in the case.

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New York Times Smears Border Patrol Agents, CBP Officers with Misleading Tweet

The New York Times smeared U.S. Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers with a misleading tweet that indicated hundreds of employees had been arrested for accepting bribes and other forms of corruption. Of the approximately 60,000 agency employees less than 500 were charged with crimes over a two year period — only 30 of those involved charges of corruption.

Border Patrol agent in Arizona desert. (AP File Photo: Ross Franklin)

Border Patrol Agent Sentenced for Helping Smuggle Drugs

A federal judge in Arizona sentenced a former Border Patrol to seven and a half years in prison for his role in helping smuggle marijuana into Arizona. The agent received bribes for assisting in the smuggling effort.

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Prison Time for Mexican Border State Cops Convicted for Rapes, Robberies

A Mexican court sentenced two police officers from the city of Saltillo to prison for their role in a string of armed robberies and rapes. The attacks occurred as the cops claimed to be carrying out police raids. The victims in all of the cases were underage teen females ranging from 12-17 years of age; they were raped at gunpoint.

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Menendez ‘Severely Admonished’ by Senate Ethics Committee

The Senate Ethics Committee announced a finding on Thursday evening that New Jersey Senator Robert Mendez (D-NJ) violated federal law and Senate rules by accepting unreported gifts from a friend and political ally. The committee said Menendez then used the power of his office to assist the friend. The New Jersey Democrat avoided a conviction in a federal corruption trial in 2017.

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Report Shows Need to Secure Border from Official Corruption

The small number of bribery and corruption cases by employees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could have a wider ranging impact on border security and immigration enforcement. The department’s 250,000 employees and vast law enforcement activities are about to be turned over to a new DHS Secretary who will have to address the emerging issue of official corruption.

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More Corruption Charges Filed Against South Texas Mayor, City Manager

Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have filed 15 additional corruption charges against the mayor and city manager of the south Texas town of Crystal City. The new charges include wire fraud, theft of services, and additional conspiracy charges.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, Crystal City Mayor Ricardo Lopez is taken away from city hall by police, in Crystal City, Texas, after allegedly disrupting a City Council meeting while fighting a recall effort that began before his indictment this month in a public corruption investigation …

Former CalPERS CEO Sentenced to 4 Years for Taking Huge Bribes

Fred Buenrostro, the former Chief Executive Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) was sentenced to 4.5 years in federal prison this week for what a U.S. District termed “a spectacular breach of trust.”

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48 Georgia Prison Guards Busted in Corruption Scandal

About four dozen current and retired state prison guards were arrested and charged with bribery and distribution of drugs after a series of raids across the state of Georgia on Thursday morning.

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South Texas Town’s City Hall Shut Down by FBI

A multi-agency law enforcement task force raided and shut down the city hall building of the town of Crystal City, Texas, on Thursday. Five city officials and a Texas businessman were arrested on corruption charges.

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Texas Border Tax Collector Arrested on Bribery, Organized Crime Charges

Authorities have arrested the tax collector and three employees from this border county on multiple bribery, engaging in organized criminal activity, and official oppression charges. As with the multiple recent corruption cases along the border, the public officials have ties to the Democratic Party.

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Border Corruption Roundup: Texas County Tax Collector, 15 Others Arrested

The county tax assessor, her staff and several other individuals have all been arrested in connection with a massive border corruption and embezzlement scheme linked to the theft of more $700,000 in taxpayer money. The charges include tampering with government records, theft by a public servant, forgery, organized criminal activity and more.

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Former Virgin Islands Governor Arrested On Embezzlement Charges

“Today, Aug. 18, 2015, I announce the arrests of the former Governor of the Virgin Islands, John P. DeJongh, Jr., and Julito Frances, former director of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority,” Walker told reporters in a press conference broadcast over local radio. “This morning both men were advised of their constitutional rights before a Superior Court magistrate in the St. Thomas district. Both men were arrested on two counts: Embezzlement of public monies and neglecting to pay over public monies in violation of the Virgin Islands criminal code.”

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