FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER SENTENCED ON FRAUD CHARGE
BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney James Stanley Lemelle announced today that Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph E. Tyson sentenced WILLIAM T. FERRELL, III, age 41, of Gulfport, Mississippi, to 15 months in prison, to pay restitution of $104,000, and to 3 years supervised release after imprisonment. FERRELL was sentenced based on his scheme to defraud a local business of over $100,000 through hundreds of fraudulent transactions spanning approximately two and a half years. During the time of the offense, the defendant was employed as a federal law enforcement officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
United States Attorney Lemelle stated, “It’s always a sad day when a member of law enforcement violates his oath to uphold the law. However, no one is above the law.”
This matter was investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Internal Affairs. The matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Corey R. Amundson, who serves as a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.
If you have knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse, or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at: (866) 720-5721 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org