Can DHS Protect Itself Against Criminal Employees?

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Your Department of Homeland Security, so hard at work securitzing the homeland it doesn't have time to do basic vetting of its employees:

A New Jersey fugitive wanted on insurance fraud charges since 2007 was working for the immigration division of the Department of Homeland Security in Georgia, despite a nationwide alert for her arrest, Essex County prosecutors said yesterday.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta was unaware that Tahaya Buchanan, 39, formerly of Newark, was being sought on a 2007 indictment on charges she staged the theft of her Range Rover in Newark for an insurance payout, said Paul Loriquet of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office….

"It's amazing they couldn't find her. Good Lord," said Kevin Kerns, the office chief of staff at USCIS where Buchanan still works as an analyst….

"The USCIS is looking into this matter. USCIS has zero tolerance for any type of employee misconduct or criminal activity," [a spokesperson for USCIS] added.

Buchanan was found out when pulled over by a Georgia cop for a traffic violation back in July. The cop ran a standard check on her and discovered the warrant on her.

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  1. “It’s amazing they couldn’t find her. Good Lord,” said Kevin Kerns, the office chief of staff at USCIS where Buchanan still works as an analyst….

    Makes me wonder if they could find their ass with both hands and a special ass-finding map.

    1. Why don’t you just make and market an assmap, smart guy? It’s tougher than it looks, you know.

      1. wtf does that even mean

      2. coming from someone who would know?

  2. Tahaya Buchanan, 39, formerly of Newark, was being sought on a 2007 indictment on charges she staged the theft of her Range Rover in Newark for an insurance payout,

    That’s straight-up racist, that is.

  3. A New Jersey fugitive wanted on insurance fraud charges since 2007 was working for the immigration division of the Department of Homeland Security in Georgia, despite a nationwide alert for her arrest, Essex County prosecutors said yesterday.

    I hate to have to ask this, but, was she black?

    Because that would tell me why she was able to keep her job at a gun-vermin-t department…

  4. I hate to have to ask this, but, was she black?

    Why yes, yes I was.

  5. She may be a criminal and all, but we can at least be sure they confirmed she is legal resident.

    1. What makes you so sure of that?

      1. I got nothing.

  6. “The USCIS is looking into this matter. USCIS has zero tolerance for any type of employee misconduct or criminal activity,” [a spokesperson for USCIS] added.

    Well, they have zero tolerance for it after the scandal breaks out. Seems like one is at safe port as long as you are not caught.

  7. “It’s amazing they couldn’t find her. Good Lord,” said Kevin Kerns, the office chief of staff at USCIS where Buchanan still works as an analyst….

    It may be many things. But “amazing” it ain’t.

  8. have we already started a drinking game for the “and you want these people running healthcare for everybody” comments yet?

    1. …and you want these people running healthcare for everybody?

      1. It is after 4pm here, don’t mind if I do

    2. I don’t know about that, but here’s my contribution to this thread: STFU, LoneWacko.

  9. hope all those quixelnoffs who thought all the increases in govt “security measures” were a good idea check this out.

    and the ones who want health care!

    *takes nice sip of irish coffee*

    1. And another? Ok, this might turn out to be an OK Thursday after all.

  10. working for the immigration division of the Department of Homeland Security in Georgia, despite a nationwide alert for her arrest

    Seems to me that if I were a fugitive, applying for a government job would be pretty far down on my list of things to do.

    -jcr

    1. That’s why you have to do honest work for a living. You don’t have the imagination to get away with a life of crime.

  11. Who can tell if she even knew insurance fraud was wrong? Perhaps she thought it was owed to her. The questions is will she get promoted to the WH?

    1. To work in the WH you have to be involved in TAX fraud, not insurance fraud. They do have standards, you know.

  12. So they can put people on a ‘terrorist watch list’ without them knowing, and you can’t find out, and if you DO find out they won’t tell you why you’re on it, but they can’t run checks on their people?

    What’s that line from Insty, The country is in the best of hands…

  13. They get background checks but not every year. She was probably in between checks. She’s some type of clerk.

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