2 DHS officials indicted in South Texas
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Two Department of Homeland Security employees have been indicted in a scheme to fake investigative documents to cover up a lack of progress on cases in their South Texas office.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that 49-year-old Eugenio Pedraza, former head of DHS’s Office of the Inspector General in McAllen, was indicted Tuesday on charges of falsifying records, obstructing investigations, obstructing justice and conspiracy. Marco Rodriguez, a subordinate of Pedraza, was also charged. Both are on administrative leave.
Their office investigates wrongdoing in the various branches of DHS, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.
The indictment follows the guilty plea in January of another agent who was told to falsify records ahead of an internal audit.
The investigation of the office began in late 2011.