Episode 020: Harry Garcia – Corrupt Inspectors at the Calexico Border

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Retired Supervisory Special Agent Harry Garcia served in the FBI for 22 years. Throughout most of his Bureau career, Harry, an accountant and a former IRS revenue agent, worked complex financial investigations, including bank fraud and bank failure cases involving public corruption. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Harry Garcia is interviewed about a multiagency Southwest Border Taskforce investigation—code named “Port Sweeper” and “Boiling Point”—initiated in the 1990s that resulted in sentences of life imprisonment and 27 years in prison for the main subjects—two corrupt inspectors assigned to the Calexico border patrol station and the seizure of $1.2 million in cash. Harry points out that the IRS played a significant role in investigating the money laundering violations and determining the illicit net worth increases of corrupt inspectors.

Harry also served as an ALAT and Acting Legat in the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, where he supported Bureau cases and worked investigations involving U.S. Citizens kidnapped by the terrorist group known as the FARC.  Prior to his retirement, Harry supervised the CART (Computer Analysis and Response Team) team in Los Angeles.

 

 

Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

Harry Garcia

01/05/1981 – 09/03/2003

 

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The following are links to newspaper articles about the case Harry worked targeting corrupt inspectors assigned to the Colexico border, arrested for accepting bribes from drug traffickers to allow them to bring illegal drugs into the U.S.

Former INS Inspector Convicted

2 Inspectors at Border Charged in Drug Probe

U.S. Crackdown on Corrupt Officers at Border Widens

 

 

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Evidence photo of weapons and a total of $1.2 million in brief cases full of $20 bills seized during search and arrest of one of the corrupt inspectors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Calexico Border Patrol Station is responsible for patrolling 37.1 linear miles of the border and 731 square miles of Imperial County in the Sonoran Desert. For more info click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on iTunes and Stitcher. Her novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry is available at Amazon.com.

 

This episode was sponsored by FBIRetired.com – the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her novels—Pay To Play and Greedy Givers—inspired by actual true crime FBI cases and featuring temptation, corruption, and redemption, are available at amazon.com. 

5 Comments

  1. Valerie JohnsonJune 22, 2016

    *AND want of power… I was typing furiously. lol

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  2. Valerie JohnsonJune 22, 2016

    Just horrible! People just can’t control themselves and their greed want of power. I’ll keep my integrity over riches and control any day, thank you very much. Good thing we have people like Agent Garcia. I just found the podcasts. It’s encouraging to hear all of these selfless, dedicated public servants tell their stories!

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    1. Jerri WilliamsJune 22, 2016

      I agree with you. Greed is bad. Thanks for listening Valerie!

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  3. Dave SchratwieserJune 4, 2016

    Great stuff Jerri!

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    1. Jerri WilliamsJune 4, 2016

      Thanks for listening Dave! Next week I have an interview that’s right up your alley about mob guys and strip clubs.

      Reply

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