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Immigration employee accused of stealing more than $200,000 from detainees

Immigration employee accused of stealing more than $200,000 from detainees

June 30, 2004, 9:20 PM


DETROIT (AP) -- A federal employee has been accused of stealing more than $200,000 from immigration detainees being held at a government facility in Monroe County, the U.S. attorney's office announced.

A criminal complaint accuses Patrick Wynne, of Monroe, of thefts over four years while he worked at the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility and its predecessor agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

"Wynne has been charged with stealing cash from numerous aliens and immigration detainees who were held in the custody of the United States," U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Collins said in a statement. "This type of criminal activity by a law enforcement officer is outrageous and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

Between 2000 and 2004, when Collins said the thefts took place, Wynne worked as a detention enforcement officer/immigration enforcement agent and was the property officer at the detention facility.

Wynne made an initial appearance Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Donald Scheer, who set his preliminary examination for July 20. If convicted, Wynne faces up 10 years in prison and $400,000 in fines.

A telephone listing for Wynne was unpublished.

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