U.S. Marshals Stealing From The Forfeiture Asset Program Say Whistleblowers

Posted: May 1, 2015 in Politics

Multiple whistleblowers in the US Marshals Service have informed Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office that leadership is allegedly using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to retaliate against them for seeking to report systemic abuses of power.

In a letter to the Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the Justice Department, Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote, that “many whistleblowers” have now “come forward in the last month” to provide information suggesting the Assets Forfeiture Division of the US Marshals Service suffers from nepotism. For example, assistant director, Kimberly Beal, allegedly hired a family member as an intern and approved numerous cross-country trips for that family member, which are supposed to be for criminal investigators.

One whistleblower told Grassley this sort of thing is just a part of “day-to-day business” at the US Marshals Service.

“The allegations present a troubling and longstanding pattern of nepotism and quid pro quos in the selection of contractor and USMS staff positions,” according to Grassley. The information represents evidence that the Assets Forefeiture Fund is being abused to “reward favored insiders and friends.” However, whistleblowers in the US Marshals service fear reprisal for speaking out and claim that “senior leaders submit FOIA requests to seek information on employees, who may have made protected disclosures with the purpose of using that information to retaliate against them.”

Full Story @ [The Dissenter]

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