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Monday September 10, 2012

Border Agent Arrested for Fraud and Smuggling Brother-in-Law In from Mexico

Border Agent Arrested for Fraud and Smuggling Brother-in-Law In from Mexico

Photo: Border AGent Thomas Silva Arrested

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Custom and Border Protection (CBP) Officer Thomas Silva, age 33, a nine-year veteran with the CBP has been arrested for wire fraud and concealing a person from arrest.

Silva was arrested without incident on Friday morning, September 7, 2012, at the San Ysidro Port of Entry (SYPOE).

The CBP reported that Silva was allowing individuals with imposter immigration documents to pass through the SYPOE. Subsequent investigation revealed that Silva was involved in a variety of criminal activity, some of which related to his position as a CBP officer.

The complaint alleges that in April 2012, Silva knowingly allowed Julio Cesar Landaverde Valdez, a federal fugitive, to enter the United States from Mexico through the SYPOE. Landaverde Valdez was convicted in 2006 for alien smuggling.  Landaverde Valdez is Silva’s brother-in-law.

The complaint also alleges that in 2011, Silva engaged in a scheme to defraud Farmers Insurance Company by filing a false claim concerning the theft of his personal vehicle. Silva was paid $7,329.37, as a result of this false claim.