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Federal Agent Targeted In Phony Degree Probe High-ranking Homeland Security
thesmokinggun.com ^ | March 25 2011 | thesmokinggun.com

Posted on 03/25/2011 12:57:30 PM PDT by NoLibZone

MARCH 25--A high-ranking Homeland Security official who held a top secret security clearance and supervised squads of agents in Los Angeles has been suspended as a federal grand jury probes whether he lied about having a college degree, The Smoking Gun has learned.

The ongoing criminal investigation is targeting Jorge Guzman, a 25-year law enforcement veteran who served as the assistant special agent in charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s L.A. branch.

In mid-December, agents executed a search warrant at the 51-year-old Guzman’s office inside a downtown L.A. building. Simultaneously, he was placed on paid administrative leave, and stripped of his firearm, badge, and government vehicle. Correspondence sent to his dhs.gov e-mail address is now returned to the sender marked undeliverable.

Lawyers for Guzman, pictured at right, contend that he graduated from a California community college and has provided federal officials with copies of an authentic diploma. In a recent court filing, Guzman’s counsel stated that their client’s “name and reputation are being ruined by a false allegation” and shoddy sleuthing.

Whatever the investigation’s outcome, it will likely prove deeply embarrassing to Homeland Security officials. Either a high-ranking ICE supervisor was able to move up the law enforcement ladder while repeatedly lying about his educational history, or an experienced agent was wrongly accused by peers whose botched probe effectively torpedoed his career.

Triggered by an anonymous tip that Guzman “has lied throughout his career that he has a college degree,” ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility opened an investigation late last year. In employment applications and background check documents, Guzman has reported receiving an Associate of Arts degree from Sacramento City College in January 1986, shortly before his hiring as a Border Patrol agent.

After a review of personnel records and school transcripts, and an interview with a college admissions supervisor, agents concluded that there was probable cause to believe that Guzman had lied about earning a degree from the two-year college, which he attended between 1978-1986. And that he had provided superiors with a bogus diploma.

So agents applied for, and received, permission to search Guzman’s office for a “replication of a diploma from Sacramento City College” and any items “evidencing the creation, procurement, possession and transmission” of the diploma. Though that search was conducted on December 10--the date Guzman was placed on leave--details of the DHS probe have not been previously disclosed.

“In order to search discreetly the office of a high-ranking ICE official,” government lawyers reported that agents enlisted the assistance of a higher-ranking DHS official. When told of the allegation against him, “Guzman became emotionally upset,” according to a court filing by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Akrotirianakis. The prosecutor added that, “After composing himself,” Guzman voluntarily retrieved the “purported diploma” from his government-owned vehicle.

The document, Akrotirianakis noted in a recent court declaration, was being “tested for authenticity in a number of ways.”

In a series of blistering U.S. District Court filings, Guzman’s lawyers have criticized the government’s decision to launch a criminal investigation instead of pursuing the matter “through an administrative personnel action.” The grand jury probe is a “witch hunt” and “ridiculous inquiry,” they contend. The government’s “illegal search warrant,” lawyers charge, is filled with “wholly inaccurate characterizations” and “half-truths, at best.”

Before his suspension, Guzman supervised four ICE groups probing human smuggling and trafficking as well as benefit fraud. He has been quoted in newspapers about ICE cases and has appeared on TV programs like CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” He was quoted earlier this month by The Daily in a story about Mexico’s violent drug cartels (Guzman also appears in an accompanying video, which apparently was shot before the raid on his office).

Guzman has previously been the subject of a series of other internal investigations, inquiries that prompted him to file a lawsuit alleging that he was targeted because he is Latino. While admitting no wrongdoing, the Department of Justice in 1999 paid Guzman $400,000 to settle the legal action. (18 pages)


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: degree; dhs; donutwatch; fake; fraud; phony

1 posted on 03/25/2011 12:57:35 PM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Guzman has previously been the subject of a series of other internal investigations, inquiries that prompted him to file a lawsuit alleging that he was targeted because he is Latino.

While admitting no wrongdoing, the Department of Justice in 1999 paid Guzman $400,000 to settle the legal action.


2 posted on 03/25/2011 12:58:38 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama & try him for treason / Homosexuals reject diversity / Unions finally caught for theft)
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To: NoLibZone

Does he have a real birth certificate?


3 posted on 03/25/2011 1:02:24 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: NoLibZone

He had his degree in his car? WTF. I carry mine around with me never can tell when you might need them to give your arguments weight, (eyebrows raised).


4 posted on 03/25/2011 1:03:29 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: NoLibZone

Probably a Democrat, they don’t need no stinkin’ badges, records, degrees, diplomas, birth certificates, etc. Those silly little rules are just for Republicans!


5 posted on 03/25/2011 1:03:39 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: NoLibZone

I have my college degree in a chest in the living room. I am retired and don’t need it, but I know where it is! And I also have a GASP Copy of My Birth Certificate GASP
and I know where it is, too!


6 posted on 03/25/2011 1:05:30 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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To: NoLibZone

Unreal. Invader scum. I hope this SOB goes to jail. What a joke.M There are no laws.


7 posted on 03/25/2011 1:06:12 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: NoLibZone
The name Guzman is associated with various bad things in South America.

The leader of Sendero Luminoso is Abimael Guzmán.

8 posted on 03/25/2011 1:09:01 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: NoLibZone

He no doubt figures that if it is good enough for the CIC, it is good enough for him.


9 posted on 03/25/2011 1:09:18 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: NoLibZone

Amazing, claiming you falsely have a degree is a problem. Claiming you falsely have war medals is free speech.


10 posted on 03/25/2011 1:20:49 PM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: WOBBLY BOB
This guy is in trouble for public statements that don't toe Janet Napalitano's official line.

And one high-ranking DHS agent told The Daily the official stats out of Washington may not tell the whole story.

“I think the numbers are a lot higher. I think estimates like these are conservative,” said Jorge Guzman, the assistant special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles.

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/03/07/030711-news-mafia-1-4/

11 posted on 03/25/2011 1:27:08 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet." ~ C.S. Lewis)
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To: ex-snook
claiming you falsely have a degree is a problem. Claiming you falsely have war medals is free speech.

Falsely claiming you have a degree to get a job is fraud. Telling a girl at the bar you have a degree is not. Same with medals. Claim veteran status to get a federal job when you were not is the same kind of fraud.

12 posted on 03/25/2011 1:27:38 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: NoLibZone

Gee, he would have to be really stupid to attend a two-year college from 1978 to 1986 and not have earned an associates degree.


13 posted on 03/25/2011 1:36:16 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: NoLibZone
...from a California community college...

For pity sakes, this is about an AA degree?

Why would anyone lie about having an AA? With a little determination, AAs are not THAT difficult to earn.

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14 posted on 03/25/2011 1:38:20 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: NoLibZone

He just needs to appeal his case all the way to the same 9th Circuit judges that struck down the Stolen Valor Act. How dare the feds question his freedom to lie!


15 posted on 03/25/2011 1:41:59 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Seaplaner

I think this is about politics and that Mr. Guzman has committed the grievous sin of disagreeing with Big Sis.


16 posted on 03/25/2011 1:43:09 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet." ~ C.S. Lewis)
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To: NoLibZone

Did Obama really attend college?


17 posted on 03/25/2011 1:45:09 PM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: NoLibZone

Everybody in Fed LEO units are “special Agent” this or Special Agent that.... WTF??

I bet this is more common than you think. particularly with people who have been employed by the Feds since before the internet existed.


18 posted on 03/25/2011 1:45:59 PM PDT by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: jimfree

define “attend”


19 posted on 03/25/2011 1:52:42 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: NoLibZone

A two year college...which he attended for EIGHT years! Oh well, Jorge is a good Democrat, so don’t you worry Mrs. Guzman. Given what he is, it will probably mean a promotion!!


20 posted on 03/25/2011 2:01:48 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Oldpuppymax

I was going to say they might send back to school for his BS but he likely won’t live long enough to complete the courses.


21 posted on 03/25/2011 2:14:18 PM PDT by WinMod70
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To: NoLibZone
What, no kicking in his door in the middle of the night and shooting his dog?

Oh well, I'm sure there will be other opportunities.

22 posted on 03/25/2011 2:18:38 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: NoLibZone
...which he attended between 1978-1986

Eight years of junior college down the drain!

23 posted on 03/25/2011 2:32:58 PM PDT by Mr.Unique (My dream thread: Mormon cop shoots Catholic Freeper's Pit Bull and takes his Macbook Pro.)
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To: NoLibZone

That’s why I keep my DD-214 handy. That has everything including my college and post-graduate degree (on block ‘18. Remarks’). That also shows anyone viewing it that I don’t take s#@t from anyone.


24 posted on 03/25/2011 2:38:00 PM PDT by Ben Reyes (Sarah Palin for President 2012)
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To: WinMod70; Oldpuppymax
I was going to say they might send back to school for his BS but he likely won’t live long enough to complete the courses.

No kidding. Imagine if the guy had gone for a doctorate! This really is a funny story.

25 posted on 03/25/2011 4:10:32 PM PDT by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: Mr.Unique; NoLibZone; WinMod70; Oldpuppymax

The last two paragraphs of the article really make me wonder if this guy isn’t on a ‘hit list’ with the FEDGOV. There is a heavy hand in the highest places of gov to keep the illegals flowing. This guy may have been a cog in the wheel. I don’t know.


26 posted on 03/25/2011 4:20:45 PM PDT by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: NoLibZone

You know you suck when among your goals in life is to lie about graduating from a two-year college.


27 posted on 03/25/2011 11:13:51 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: NoLibZone

I’m sure the primary motive for taking this guy down was due to his fallacious college degree. /s


28 posted on 03/25/2011 11:21:35 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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