Ex-DHS Special Agent Indicted for Falsifying Investigation Records Concerning Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking
Traces of Reality
January 17, 2013
Wayne Elgin Ball, a former Department of Homeland Security special agent working for the Office of the Inspector General, was indicted Monday with conspiracy to falsify records and obstructing justice in an agency investigation against a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer.
Valley Central offers the preface:
Court records show that Ball worked as an agent with Homeland’s Security’s Office of the Inspector General in McAllen between January 2009 and November 2012.
The office is set up to oversee investigations of Border Patrol and customs officers accused of wrongdoing but an audit allegedly revealed an number of irregularities in the their paperwork.
Then the Brownsville Herald (via Valley Morning Star) explains the charges brought forth against Ball and two additional unnamed conspirators:
From August 2011 until January 2012, Ball, “Supervisor A” and “Special Agent A” allegedly falsified documents to obstruct, impede or influence an investigation and intentionally and corruptly influenced, obstructed and impeded the proper administration of the law, which was an internal DHS-OIG inspection of a McAllen field office, according to the court record.
Ball is accused of signing the false documents under a supervisor’s direction, court documents show.
Lastly, from The Monitor, comes the kicker:
“It was the purpose of the conspiracy to conceal severe lapses in investigative standards and internal policies, including significant periods of inactivity in pending criminal investigations … by falsifying investigative activity which, in truth and fact, had not taken place,” the case reads.
It accuses the three people – and possibly others – of beginning to plot in August 2011, a month before the inspection began, and continuing it until January 2012.
Ball was a special agent in the Office of the Inspector General from 2009 until November, according to the charges. Special Agent A is described as still being an agent there. [emphasis added]
Given the unnamed agent and supervisor implicated, it’ll be interesting to see what becomes of this shameful coverup conspiracy. Considering the additional corruption recently exposed in the McAllen area, and epidemic among border agencies as a whole, one has to wonder if there are any legitimate peace officers left to protect the citizens who pay their salaries.