Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:13 PM by Associated Press
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - Two Department of Homeland Security employees have been indicted in a scheme to falsify investigative documents to disguise a lack of progress on cases in their South Texas office.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that 49-year-old Eugenio Pedraza was indicted Tuesday on charges of falsifying records, obstructing justice and conspiracy. Pedraza is a former head of DHS's Office of the Inspector General in McAllen. Agent Marco Rodriguez also was charged.
Pedraza made his initial federal court appearance in Brownsville Wednesday and pleaded not guilty. Bond is set at $50,000.
The Office of the Inspector General said Wednesday that both men were moved from paid administrative leave to unpaid suspension.
The IG's office investigates wrongdoing in the various DHS branches, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.
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