ICE acknowledges fraud probe after court testimony

March 3, 2011 10:20:11 AM PST
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has acknowledged an investigation of alleged personal misconduct by employees a day after court testimony that a top agency official was suspended amid questions about bogus travel expenses. ICE spokesman Brian Hale said Thursday the agency is working with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General on the alleged fraud case.

An FBI agent testified in an El Paso courtroom Wednesday that James M. Woosley, the deputy director of intelligence at ICE, was suspended on allegations he helped a subordinate file bogus travel expense reports and took some of the cash they generated.

The testimony came during a bail hearing for Ahmed Adil Abdallat, an ICE intelligence analyst. Woosley was placed on leave the same day the FBI raided Abdallat's El Paso home.