(Scroll down for video) An immigration officer was arrested on charges of theft after allegedly stealing from people who were being deported, prosecutors in Pennsylvania said.
Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced that he charged U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin Ford, 32, with Theft by Unlawful Taking, Receiving Stolen Property, Official Oppression and Conspiracy.
Ford was apprehended in a joint operation by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Dangerous Drug Offender’s Unit, Philadelphia Police Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General, and the Middle and Eastern Districts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Pennsylvania.
“What Ford did was deplorable, it wasn’t the first time he stole from deportees, and so he will be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” said District Attorney Williams.
Agent Ford and his partner met with Philadelphia Police to take a prisoner, who was actually an undercover Philadelphia Police Officer assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, into custody.
Agent Ford’s partner searched the prisoner and found $2,000 in marked bills. Then, once alone with the prisoner, Agent Ford repeatedly asked the prisoner about the money, and when the undercover agent could not verify the amount, Agent Ford returned most of the money to the prisoner.
The intake officer at the York County Prison received the money taken from the undercover officer and turned it over to DHS investigators, who confirmed that $200 was missing.
Agent Ford was followed back to Philadelphia, and was taken into custody by members of the Philadelphia Police SWAT unit who found the two marked $100 bills in his possession.
His bail was set at $25,000.