Corruption Persists at Customs and Border Protection


Eric Katz
Government Executive
January 7, 2013

Nearly 150 Customs and Border Protection officers were arrested or indicted for corruption over the last eight years, a new report has found.

A majority of the officers were stationed along the Southwest border, the Government Accountability Office determined. An additional 2,170 were arrested for misconduct in the same time period.

GAO cited CBP’s lack of review and oversight of its employees and monitoring processes as complicit in allowing corruption to fester within the agency. Incidents of corruption included fraud, harboring aliens, selling immigration documents and allowing loads of narcotics through a port or checkpoint.

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