December 16, 2014
Case # 14CF4002
FEDERAL AGENT CHARGED FOR DEFRAUDING U.S. GOVERNMENT AND TAX PAYERS BY CLAIMING FRAUDULENT OVERTIME OVER NINE-MONTH PERIOD
SANTA ANA – A federal agent was charged today for defrauding the U.S. government and tax payers by claiming fraudulent overtime over a nine-month period. Myles Kui Zhang, 47, Chino, is charged with one felony count of grand theft by an employee. If convicted, Zhang faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. Zhang is being held on $20,000 bail and must prove that the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. The arraignment date and time are to be determined.
At the time of the crimes, Zhang worked as an immigration enforcement agent for U.S. Government Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations. Between Aug. 14, 2013, and May 18, 2014, she is accused of claiming fraudulent overtime in excess of $13,000 over a nine-month period.
“When a government employee acts illegally and takes advantage of her public position, it hurts the agency and the taxpayers,” said Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “I commend ICE for its zero tolerance policy on unethical conduct by its employees and for turning over the evidence to the OCDA.”
ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility investigated this case after Zhang’s supervisor reported irregularities in her timesheet. The investigation is ongoing and no other information will be released at this time.
Deputy District Attorney Renee Jones of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.