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Reveal: Bordering on insecurity

Posted: July 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm by , in Reveal

One border official did it for sex. Another blamed depression and financial trouble. Yet another allegedly received cash and a “deluxe” hot tub worth $10,000.

The circumstances of their crimes differ, but prosecutors say these defendants have something in common: The corrupt actions they’re accused of weakened the same U.S. borders and ports of entry they were assigned to protect.

On this episode of Reveal, our joint investigation with The Texas Tribune profiles federal border officials who were arrested for or convicted of acts of corruption that allegedly compromised their mission to stop crime and keep the country secure.

 

Reveal is a weekly radio program produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. For more, check out our website and subscribe to our podcast.

Image: When federal border officials go bad, they can compromise the same U.S. borders and ports of entry they were assigned to protect. Credit: Jieqian Zhang for Reveal