Skip to comments.Former ICE Official Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Fraud
Posted on 07/16/2012 6:19:21 PM PDT by Larry381
WASHINGTONJames M. Woosley, 48, the former Acting Director of Intelligence for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was sentenced today to 20 months in prison for defrauding the government of more than $180,000 in a scheme involving fraudulent travel vouchers and time and attendance claims.
The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr.; Charles K. Edwards, Acting Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security; James W. McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBIs Washington Field Office; and Timothy Moynihan, Assistant Director of the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility.
Woosley, formerly of Tucson, Arizona, pled guilty in May 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a charge of conversion of government money. He was sentenced by the Honorable Amy Berman Jackson. Upon completion of his prison term, Woosley will be placed on three years of supervised release. In addition, as part of his plea agreement, he agreed to forfeiture and restitution of the money that he wrongfully obtained.
Four others have pled guilty in the case. Ahmed Adil Abdallat, 64, a former ICE supervisory intelligence research specialist, pled guilty in October 2011; William J. Korn, 53, a former ICE intelligence research specialist, pled guilty in December 2011; Stephen E. Henderson, 62, a former contractor who did work for ICE, pled guilty in January 2012, and Lateisha M. Rollerson, 38, a former assistant to Woosley, pled guilty in March 2012. Abdallat pled guilty in the Western District of Texas, and the others pled guilty in the District of Columbia.
Abdallat was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay $116,392 in restitution. Henderson has been sentenced to three months in prison and must forfeit $54,387,representing his share of the proceeds of the crime. Rollerson was sentenced to 10 months in prison and ordered to pay $295,866 in restitution. Korn is awaiting sentencing.
All told, the actions of the various defendants cost ICE more than $500,000.
James Woosley took advantage of the trust he was given by the United States government to carry out a scheme that cost American taxpayers more than a half-million dollars, said U.S. Attorney Machen. He personally obtained more than $188,000 while also bringing others into the fraud. Now he and four others have been convicted of their crimes, and he will be spending time in prison for this betrayal of his office.
For years, Mr. Woosley participated in a scheme to defraud the government for his own personal gain, said Assistant Director in Charge McJunkin. Today, he is being held accountable for his actions. This sentencing demonstrates that those who engage in government corruption, as well as those who allow it to happen, will be brought to justice.
Todays sentence reflects the outstanding law enforcement cooperation in a case that unmasked the illicit acts of a senior ICE official, said Director Moynihan. Bottom line: James Woosley violated the public trust in pursuit of his own greed. While his actions are atypical of the dedication and integrity demonstrated by the vast majority of ICE employees, this sentence should serve as a stark reminder about the serious consequences facing those who would exploit their positions for personal financial gain. The ICE Office of Professional Responsibility will continue to investigate those individuals aggressively and seek their prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
According to the governments evidence, with which Woosley agreed, from in or about May 2008 until in or about January 2011, Woosley participated in the fraudulent activity involving travel vouchers and time and attendance claims. In addition, from June 2008 until in or about February 2011, Woosley was aware of or willfully overlooked fraudulent activity of ICE employees under his supervision or contract employees.
The other employees included Rollerson, who, he met in or about 2007, while he was Deputy Director for ICEs Office of Intelligence. Woosley and Rollerson developed a close, personal relationship. In or about May of 2008, Rollerson was hired as an Intelligence Reports Writer for a company that did contract work for ICE. Later that year, she was hired by ICE as an Intelligence Research Specialist. This placed her first in the chain of command under Woosley, and she later became Woosleys personal assistant. Rollersons official duty station was in Washington, D.C., and she lived in Virginia, often with Woosley. Rollerson helped Woosley and the other participants with the paperwork to support the fraudulent payments they later received.
Woosley admitted obtaining money in various ways:
Between in or about May 2008 and January 2011, Woosley submitted or caused to be submitted approximately 13 fraudulent travel vouchers to ICE, at a cost of $50,637. As Woosleys assistant, Rollerson, created all but one of the travel vouchers, as well as fraudulent documents to support the claimed expenses. She often accompanied him on the trips. Between in or about November 2009 and January 2011, Woosley submitted or caused to be submitted time and attendance claims for his pay for work he was supposed to be doing while he was on travel. Because he was not actually on travel, or working, he was not entitled to the payments of approximately $27,230. Starting in 2008, Woosley took a share of the fraudulent proceeds obtained by others in a scheme involving travel vouchers. For example, Henderson, an ICE contractor who was detailed on temporary duty to Washington, D.C., kicked back $5,000 to Woosley that was used to purchase a boat. Henderson also lived with Woosley and used some fraudulent proceeds to pay rent. Abdallat wrote checks to Rollerson and others, for the benefit of Woosley and Rollerson, totaling about $58,550. Korn kicked back about $30,648 to the benefit of Woosley and Rollerson. Finally, an unnamed contract employee gave $15,940 in fraudulent travel voucher funds to Woosley, which Woosley used for a real estate investment.
This case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, the FBIs Washington Field Office, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility, Special Investigation Unit.
This dated article points out some of Woolsey's opinions which conflict with the Obama regime's pro-Islam/sharia bias' . . .
Woolsey warned against lapsing into moral relativism by accepting fundamentalist Islamic practices that are contrary to Western values, especially those that degrade women."He urged development as soon as possible of oil alternatives, such as electricity and other liquid fuels, for vehicles.
Womens and human rights organizations also have to put the absolutely horrible treatment of women in much of the Arab and Muslim world front and centre of their agendas, he said.Woolsey may have become a target of political persecution.
“”Strange, you never hear about these cases until sentencing””
Indeed it is very strange. Why have we not even heard there were charges or an investigation?
This one has been in the news, but not much. It makes you wonder how much weird stuff this guy got away with prior to this. Also 20 months getting caught red handed in a huge criminal conspiracy stinks. He should have gotten 5 years minimum.
One down ...how many more to go?