Two Department of Homeland Security employees have been indicted in a scheme to falsify investigative documents to disguise a lack of progress on cases in their South Texas office.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that 49-year-old Eugenio Pedraza was indicted Tuesday on charges of falsifying records, obstructing justice and conspiracy.
Pedraza is a former head of DHS's Office of the Inspector General in McAllen. Agent Marco Rodriguez also was charged.
Both made their initial federal court appearances in Brownsville and pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Bonds are set at $50,000 each.
The Office of the Inspector General said Wednesday that both men were moved from paid administrative leave to unpaid suspension.
The IG's office investigates wrongdoing in the DHS, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.