February 9, 2006, - 5:41 pm
Frankie the Fig, the ICE Princess & Mr. Burns: Why Are Immigration & DHS Chiefs Aiding Sex Criminal?
By Debbie Schlussel
Why are new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) chieftess Julie L. Myers–and Homeland Security sachem Michael Chertoff–keeping a sex criminal on the job when he knowingly, repeatedly lied on government documents and applications? Not a good start, barely a month into her “administration.”
These days, if you are a sex criminal, and want to escape a fugitive squad and dreary life, we have an exciting, glamorous career for you: ICE Agent. (To be clear, we know a lot of ICE Agents, and they are mostly patriotic, dedicated, good people. But the exceptions are glaring, and cast an undeserved pall on others because they get to keep their jobs, despite their very unbecoming conduct. Ditto for their “leadership” in many cases.)
Our favorite Special Agent in Charge, Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz”, loves to brag to the press when he arrests sex tourists and those bringing in child pornography.
But when those on his staff commit sex-related crimes, there’s another name for them: currently-employed Special Agent. As we’ve noted, he has in his employ an agent who solicited a prostitute while drunk-driving in his government-owned vehicle. Then there’s another guy, who allegedly molested children. Neither will be pulled off the job.
And then, there’s Frank Figueroa a/k/a “Frankie the Fig,” the man whom Julie Myers refuses to fire. He is ICE’s own Pee Wee Herman. So, why is she protecting him?
As we noted back in October, the then-ICE Special Agent in Charge of Tampa was arrested for fondling himself in front of a teen-age girl at an Orlando mall. (Today’s Tampa Tribune interview with her is here is here.) He went there in his government-owned vehicle, after excusing himself from a meeting which he and his boss, ICE Director of Investigations Marcy Forman-Friedman a/k/a “Peppermint Patty,” attended.
After we wrote about this, we got tons of e-mail from current and retired ICE and Customs agents, saying Frankie the Fig had several similar arrests in his past. Virtually all the sources told us that they had reported these to Customs and its successor agency, ICE. The Tampa Trib’s acute reporter and editor, Howard Altman, has reported on this. (If you are one of those who contacted us with details of previous such Fig incidents, please do so again, or if you have yet to contact us, please do so here. We will protect your identity.)
Yet, every step of the way, Frankie the Fig was promoted by ICE officials who must have known better–and therefore, should be fired . . . ICE officials who made this sex criminal the national chief of its sex crime “Predator” program. (If they did not know of his “record,” that says even more about Customs’ and ICE’s inability to competently investigate even its own agents–not a good sign for its law enforcement investigative abilities when non-ICE criminals–like terrorists–are involved).
The confirmation (by the Tampa Trib) of a previous arrest of Fig for a sex crime in the Buffalo area tells us that Fig may have committed more than the sex crime(s). He may also have lied on Federal job applications and applications for renewal of security clearance, all of which ask about previous arrests. Presumably, Fig deliberately did NOT mention those on his applications (and inept Customs and ICE background checks either discovered the arrest(s) and did nothing about them; or didn’t even find them–bad, either way). If true, that is a crime for which Fig should be terminated immediately. Lying on a federal job application is a felony, for which TSA screener, Sadeq Naji Ahmed, was recently convicted and sentenced to prison.
And yet, Julie Myers has NOT even terminated Frank Figueroa. Why? Sources say that Myers and her ICE cronies want to protect Figueroa’s pension of about $100,000 per year and full medical coverage. If he manages to stay on the job by July, when he turns 50 and has put in at least 20 years on the job, Fig is fully vested in his pension and cannot lose it but for a conviction for “high treason.”
We’d post a photo of Frank the Fig, but we can’t. Ms. Myers’ friends at ICE public relations have removed Fig’s pic from their websites (even though they refuse to remove Fig from the ICE payroll. Hello? . . .). And the Tampa Tribune reports that Figueroa signed some sort of paperwork that prevents his mug shot from being released to the public.
So, instead, we’ve posted an appropriate picture of the person who is allowing this lying sex criminal to continue to collect his pay and then get a generous pension most innocent, hard-working people never get. Her name is Julie Myers. And by keeping this man–who apparently lied on federal security clearance and other federal forms–on the job, she is an accessory to the crime. The same goes for Myers’ boss and fellow accessory, Chertoff a/k/a “Mr. Burns.”
Frankly, it’s time for both components of this Fig Newton sandwich, Figueroa and Myers, to go. Mr. Burns, too.
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