Veteran supervisory immigration and customs enforcement employee pleads guilty to theft of government property
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – A former supervisory special agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) admitted today to stealing government property and selling it on eBay.
Steven Kucan, 48, of Wood Ridge, N.J. – a former supervisory special agent with ICE in Manhattan who also worked for its predecessor agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and continued to work for the agency after the name change in 2010 to ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with one count of theft of government property. Kucan entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Kucan, who during the time of the thefts from 2002 to January 2010 was a special agent, and then a supervisory special agent, with INS and ICE in Manhattan, was responsible for obtaining, storing and controlling office equipment and supplies used by ICE.
Kucan admitted that he used his position to steal property belonging to ICE, including printer cartridges, film, handcuffs, flashlights, gloves, duffle bags, safety glasses or goggles, life jackets, camera lenses, videocassette tapes, clothing, repelling rope, rescue blankets, siren lights, tools, portable radios, and an immersion suit for cold water survival.
In addition, Kucan admitted that he sold some of the stolen property through an eBay account that he established in the name of one of his relatives.
The charge to which Kucan pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing will be held on a date to be determined.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory K. Null; and ICE, Office of Professional Responsibility, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Terence S. Opiola, for the investigation leading to the arrest. He also thanked HSI in Newark, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees, for its role.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amy Luria and Bradley A. Harsch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Raymond R. Granger Esq., New York