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Married former ICE agents charged with theft

September 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A retired federal agent and his wife were arrested Friday on charges of stealing from the government and lying to investigators about the case.Frank Eugene Johnston and his wife Taryn, who both worked for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement allegedly stole almost $600,000 that she was collecting in salary and benefits from ICE despite having done almost no work for the agency in years.

Frank Johnston, who retired in 2009, was accused of fabricating his wife's timesheets while he was supposedly supervising her work. He had assigned her to an isolated workplace away from the main office and she stopped going to work though she was claiming full pay and, frequently, overtime.

The couple also allegedly instructed the only other employee in the satellite office to log into Taryn Johnston's email account and forward some to her personal account.

Frank Johnston was charged with 25 counts including federal wire fraud, false statements and theft of government property. Frank Johnston could face a maximum sentence of 465 years in federal prison.

Taryn Johnston was charged in two counts in the indictment. If she is convicted of all charges, she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.

The Johnstons are expected to be arraigned on the indictment Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

City News Service contributed to this report


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