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Professional Responsibility
03/02/2012

Former ICE employee charged with embezzlement

WASHINGTON — A former assistant to an acting intelligence chief for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was charged March 2 with embezzling almost $296,000 from the U.S. government.

Lateisha M. Rollerson, 38, faces one count of conversion of public money, according to court documents filed at U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking a judgment of $295,866.

According to court documents, from about June 2008 to about February 2011, Rollerson and others did willfully and knowingly participate in the submission of fraudulent travel claims and time and attendance claims for expenses that were not legitimately incurred, resulting in payments from the United States to individuals who were not entitled to the funds.

Three other individuals have also pleaded guilty to charges related to the scheme: Ahmed Adil Abdallat, 64, a former ICE supervisory intelligence research specialist, pleaded guilty in October 2011 in the Western District of Texas; William J. Korn, 53, a former ICE intelligence research specialist, pleaded guilty in December 2011; and Stephen E. Henderson, 61, a former contractor doing work for ICE, pleaded guilty in January.

This case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI's Washington Field Office, and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, Special Investigation Unit.