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Cover Up of Crime and Corruption at Highest Levels of ICE/HSI

Frank Figueroa was the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of U.S. Customs Office of Investigations in Puerto Rico prior to becoming the Tampa SAC for DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement, now ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Figueroa helped create Operation Predator, the HSI anti-child-predator program.

In 2005, Figueroa was caught on video tape exposing and fondling himself in front of a 16-year old girl in a Tampa mall. Figueroa had a meeting with the Director of the Office of Investigations earlier in the day and had driven her to the airport before heading to the Mall. 

Figueroa was place on administrative leave with pay after his arrest. Figueroa was not eligible to retire at the time of his arrest. He was allowed to remain on administrative leave for almost a year so he could retire with full benefits. 

In January of this year ICE HSI SAC John Chakwin Jr announced at an all hands meeting that he was retiring for “health reasons”.  Chakwin held on until April 1, when he went out on “Sick Leave”.  Sources tell me Chakwin’s sick leave will run out in December, when he will retire.  Chakwin was eligible to retire in April, but by hanging on until December, he increases his pension substanstionally by completing his “high three years” as an SES, rather than a GS-15.

Chakwin told one agent that his wife was sick.  He told another that he was sick.  Sources in HSI have tell me that neither is the reason he retired.

Chakwin was the most unpopular supervisor that I ever knew.  He was the subject of numerous EEO complaints in Atlanta, Jacksonville and Dallas, all three offices where he served as the agent in charge.

Chakwin told an assistant special agent in charge in Dallas that he had been “kicked out” of one high school for being a bully.  John Chakwin Sr. was a long time New York Police officer and apparently was able to get Junior through that rough patch and later help him get hired as a police officer.

Sources tell me that Chakwin was investigated last year by the Office of Professional Responsibilty (OPR) for making a false statement under oath, a federal felony, during one of the numerous EEO investigations of him.  Chakwin was neither arrested nor disciplined and in fact remains on the payroll today.  

Instead, ICE told Chakwin that DHS had demanded that he retire and a deal was worked out to “hide” him on the books until he could “burn” his sick leave and increase his pension by remaining on the payroll for another year.

In April of this year FBI agents searched the home and office of Anthony V. Mangione, the Special Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in South Florida.  Mangione was tipped off about the search warrant so he left town. Where did he go?  Mangione attented the “retirement” function for Chakwin in Dallas.  Mangione told a source who also was at the function, that the FBI was targeting him because of an interagency dispute between ICE/HSI and the FBI. 

Mangione was indicted in September on three federal charges alleging he possessed, received and transported child pornography, offenses punishable by up to 50 years in prison.

The search warrants detail Internet activity dating back two years involving a multitude of online screen names — such as BookStoreMomNC, Flasunguy33, thismomspanks33 and PastorRobertM — associated with Mangione’s AOL account, according to the search warrants.

Mangione recently retired with full benefits, after being put on administrative leave by ICE/HSI following the searches of his home and ICE office in western Miami-Dade in early April.  Mangione has been in jail since his September 27 arrest.  A judge ruled Monday that Mangione can be released on bail with tight restrictions on his computer use, Internet activity and contact with children.

A psychologist evaluated Mangione, and U.S. Magistrate James Hopkins agreed Monday to release him on a $75,000 signature bond, with restrictions.  Prosecutor Andrew McCormack told the judge that authorities would set up electronic equipment to closely monitor the Internet activity of the only computer currently in Mangione’s home with access to the Web.

He also must wear an electronic ankle monitor, and abide by a home curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Mangione can’t have any contact with children, and authorities can search his computers and smart phones to ensure there is no child pornography on them. The April search revealed Mangione and his family had a dozen computers and 16 cell phones, according to

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Reader Comments (1)

Disgusting that decent, law abiding citizens are paying for these monsters retirements. None of these men should receive any benefits.

And they definitely should be sentenced to the maximum amount of prison time according to the law instead of given preferential treatment because of their influential connections.
November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie H

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