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An ex–U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement intelligence chief pleaded guilty on Tuesday for his part in a kickback scheme that defrauded the government more than half a million dollars.
James Woosley pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement for the scam, which involved at least five other ICE employees. The U.S. Attorney’s office charging document states that Woosley and the others submitted “fraudulent travel claims and time and attendance claims for expenses that were not legitimately incurred.”
Woosley’s sentencing is scheduled for July 13, and under federal guidelines he faces a possible sentence of 18-27 months in prison, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced As part of his plea agreement, Woosley agreed to forfeit the $183,125 he obtained in the scheme.