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An Investigation of Travel Reimbursements in Connection with the INSís Operation Safeguard

December 2002
Office of the Inspector General


EXHIBIT 1

  U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General

November 20, 2001
 
MEMORANDUM FOR JOHN R. CHASE
DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF INTERNAL AUDIT IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE
 
FROM: [Signed]
THOMAS J. BONDURANT
INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR INVESTIGATIONS
 
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR RECORDS

The Office of the Inspector General, Tucson Field Office, is currently conducting a comprehensive review of allegations reported to the OIG concerning possible voucher irregularities by Border Patrol Agents detailed to Operation Safeguard at Douglas, Arizona. Our investigation will focus on fiscal years 2000 and 2001.

The INS, Western Region, has identified and furnished the OIG with a list of names of Border Patrol Agents assigned during this time period. We have also been advised that the travel vouchers submitted by the agents are located at the finance center in Dallas, Texas. In order to sufficiently determine the scope of the issues involved it is necessary that a copy of these vouchers be obtained an analyzed.

I am therefore requesting that INS furnish a copy of these vouchers and all related receipts to the Office of the Inspector General. As you are aware, this case is the subject of congressional scrutiny, therefore it is requested that INS complete this request within thirty days of receiving this request.

Your cooperation and assistance is appreciated. If there are questions your staff may contact SAC Roger M. Williams, OIG Operations or ASAC Jospeh Cuffari, Tucson Field office.