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Former ICE HSI Employee Ordered to Pay $36,000 for Theft of Government Property

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

DALLAS — Dwight Horton, 51, a former Mission Support Specialist (MSS) with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Dallas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

 

Horton, a resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, pleaded guilty in August 2016 to one count of theft of government property. Judge Kinkeade sentenced Horton to a three-year term of probation and ordered him to pay $36,000 in restitution to HSI.

According to documents filed in the case, the investigation began in September 2014 when ICE, Office of Professional Responsibility in Houston received a referral from HSI Dallas indicating that MSS Horton had used a government fleet charge card to purchase automotive supplies without authorization for personal gain.

The investigation revealed that on several occasions, Horton used his government fleet charge card to purchase a set of four tires from at least two tire stores in Dallas, and on each of those occasions, he took the tires with him rather than having them installed on a vehicle. The HSI Dallas facility does not have a maintenance area/shop for mechanics to install tires on fleet vehicles.

The investigation further revealed that Horton used his government fleet charge card to purchase window tint. He also used it to purchase gas at a Tom Thumb in Grand Prairie for his personally-owned vehicles.

Horton resigned from his position at HSI Dallas on October 14, 2014.

The case was investigated by agents with ICE, Office of Professional Responsibility in Houston. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Pfeifle prosecuted.

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Contact

Lisa Slimak
214-659-8600
Lisa.Slimak@usdoj.gov

Updated June 7, 2017

Topic
Financial Fraud