Semiannual Report to Congress

April 1, 2009-September 30, 2009
Office of the Inspector General

Highlights of OIG Activities

The following table summarizes OIG activities discussed in this report. As these statistics and the following highlights illustrate, the OIG continues to conduct wide-ranging oversight of Department programs and operations.

Statistical Highlights

April 1, 2009 – September 30, 2009

Allegations Received by the
Investigations Division
Investigations Opened 171
Investigations Closed 187
Arrests 55
Indictments/Informations 61
Convictions/Pleas 55
Administrative Actions 108
Criminal Fines/Restitutions/Assessments $1.2 million
Civil Fines/Restitutions/Recoveries $750,000
Audit Reports Issued 42
Questioned Costs $2.4 million
Funds Put to Better Use $172,184
Recommendations for Management Improvements 153
Single Audit Act Reports Issued $172,184
Questioned Costs $2.39 million
Recommendations for Management Improvements 76

Examples of OIG audits, evaluations, and special reports completed during this semiannual reporting period include:


As shown in the statistics in the table at the beginning of this section, the OIG investigates many allegations of misconduct involving Department employees or contractors or grantees who receive Department money. Examples of the OIG’s investigations discussed in this semiannual report include:

A joint investigation by the OIG’s New York Field Office and the FBI resulted in the incarceration of a former BOP correctional officer for sexual abuse of a female ward and plotting with the female inmate to murder his wife. A subsequent investigation by the OIG’s Miami Field Office determined that, shortly after beginning his 15-year sentence, the former correctional officer solicited assistance from inmates in a scheme to murder his wife, his wife’s current boyfriend, the female inmate from the previous investigation, and the OIG Special Agent who investigated the original case. According to a criminal complaint filed against the former correctional officer, he provided an OIG undercover agent with physical descriptions of each victim, their geographical locations, specific instructions as to what he wanted done, and an initial payment for the murders from his BOP inmate account.

An OIG investigation led to the indictment of a DEA Special Agent on charges of obstruction of justice, false statements, perjury, and violating individuals’ civil rights, as well as a guilty plea by a Richland County, Ohio, Sheriff’s detective to a civil rights violation. According to the indictment, the DEA Special Agent intentionally provided false statements and suppressed evidence against 17 individuals during the course of 13 controlled drug buys, resulting in the arrest of these 17 individuals. In addition, the detective provided false testimony against one of those individuals. Judicial proceedings continue against the DEA Special Agent, while sentencing is pending for the detective.

An investigation led to the arrest of an FBI Special Agent on charges of dealing firearms without a license, maintaining false firearms records, and making a false statement. According to the indictment, the FBI Special Agent, who was not a licensed firearms dealer, posted at least 280 firearms for sale using an Internet web site, purchased at least 54 firearms, and sold at least 51 of those firearms for a total of more than $118,000. Judicial proceedings continue.

An audit and subsequent investigation by the OIG led to a settlement agreement in which the National Training and Information Center (NTIC), based in Chicago, Illinois, paid the federal government $550,000 to settle a case under the civil False Claims Act. NTIC, a non-profit corporation, misused $207,131 in grant funds over a 3-year period by paying for employees and sub-grantees to travel to Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress for future grant funds, in violation of federal regulations and the terms of the grant. In a previous criminal case arising out of these allegations, the Executive Director of NTIC pled guilty to theft of federal program funds and was sentenced to 5 months’ incarceration.

An investigation resulted in the conviction of two staff accountants and a public relations associate employed by the National Children’s Alliance on charges of theft of Department grant funds. The employees each stole between $10,000 and $15,000 in Department grant funds by giving themselves additional paychecks.

OIG investigations led to the arrest of eight correctional officers assigned to a BOP contract facility on charges of bribery of a public official. The correctional officers accepted multiple monetary bribes from inmates in exchange for smuggling contraband, including cell phones, MP3 players, tobacco, and marijuana, into the contract detention center. Five of the eight correctional officers were convicted and received sentences ranging from 24 to 46 months’ incarceration. Judicial proceedings continue for the three remaining correctional officers.

OIG investigations resulted in the sentencing of a BOP nurse and two nursing assistants on charges of sexual abuse of wards or making a false statement about that relationship. OIG investigators determined that the nurse and nursing assistants had ongoing sexual relationships with an inmate under their custodial supervision and control. One of the nursing assistants and the nurse pled guilty to sexual abuse of a ward, while the other nursing assistant pled guilty to making a false entry in an official document denying the sexual relationship. The three employees each were sentenced to 3 years’ probation and ordered to perform community service.

An investigation resulted in the arrest and guilty plea of an office automation clerk assigned to the USAO in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on charges of fraud and identity theft. OIG investigators determined that the clerk fraudulently used personally identifiable information from individuals prosecuted by USAO to obtain 188 online “payday loans” in their names totaling more than $34,000. Sentencing is pending.

Ongoing Work

This report also describes ongoing OIG reviews throughout the Department, including:

The FBI’s use of exigent letters and other informal requests for telephone records

The coordination of explosives investigations by the FBI and ATF

The FBI’s efforts to combat national cyber threats

The Department’s efforts to combat gangs and gang violence

The FBI’s foreign language translation program

The Department’s preparations for responding to a weapons of mass destruction attack

Protection of the federal judiciary and federal prosecutors

The DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center


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