June 2, 2011, - 5:43 pm

Immigration and Customs EnFARCEment: ICE Clueless as Agent Openly Steals & Sells Agency Loot on Ebay

By Debbie Schlussel

The story of Senior Supervisory Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agent Steve Kucan is a microcosm of a larger picture.  The top brass at the agency are clueless.  They want to take their agency away from doing the desperately needed immigration and customs work they are supposed to do and transform it into the largest domestic law enforcement agency with no boundaries or mission, far beyond the reasons the agency was created after 9/11 in the first place.  And, yet, they cannot even see the forest for the trees.  They don’t even notice when one of their own agents is constantly, openly hauling away government property and selling it on Ebay.  How the heck are they gonna effectively investigate crime and track down illegal aliens, if they don’t even notice this going on for years inside their own agency?

Agents who know Kucan claim they saw him openly taking things home even back in the days when he worked for the old INS. Agents constantly complained about this, but no one cared . . . until now, years after the fact.  It’d be kind of funny if it weren’t so sad.  And it’s why some of the many demoralized ICE agents refer to their own agency as Immigration and Customs EnFARCEment.

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An immigration agent living in Wood-Ridge [DS: Northern New Jersey] has been arrested after being accused of stealing government property and selling it on the Internet.

A supervisory special agent with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Steven Kucan, 47, of Wood Ridge, was arrested on May 17 for allegedly stealing government property and selling it on eBay.

He was arrested by agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and ICE, Office of Professional Responsibility on a Complaint charging him with one count of theft of government property.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, Kucan supervised an administrative group at ICE’s offices in New York since the 1990s, and was responsible for obtaining, storing and controlling ICE equipment. According to the complaint, Kucan regularly stole ICE property between December 2004 and February 2011. He is accused of maintaining an eBay account in the name of a relative through which he sold approximately $37,000 worth of ICE property – including printer cartridges, film, batteries, camera lenses, combat lights for ICE’s M-4 rifles and an immersion suit designed to prevent hypothermia in cold water.

ICE employees reported they saw Kucan wheel ICE property out of the offices on carts, including one who saw him visit the offices to remove property on a Saturday.

Agents also found numerous items of ICE property stored at Kucan’s residence, including personal computers, printers, keyboards, police batons, flashlights, work gloves, safety glasses, lifejackets, helmets, handcuffs, gun holsters, camera lenses, emergency lights and sirens and two-way radio systems – items with a total value of approximately $40,000.

Again, ICE agents say that this shows their management is clueless, as they should have been on to this years ago.

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23 Responses

Its funny… they can’t keep track of their own property and we’re expected to believe they can track down and deport illegal aliens and aliens who have overstayed their visa terms.

Yeah, sure.

NormanF on June 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Do they still have any of those cool hats?

David Lanham on June 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm

When you were Danny Molerio’s lapdog you could get away with anything

Retired old fart on June 2, 2011 at 7:24 pm

but homeland security – established because arabs hijacked 4 planes and murdered thousands have now saved the country from internet pirates televising sports, pokerstars.net who were going to attack the american people with playing cards and now janet bulldyke is threatened to attack countries is a hacker in any country hacks a site in america.

weiner and bulldyke

barney frank and his boyfriends job

dem spitzer whoremonger

dem ex-rep last year and his tickling his boyfriend parties

but not to woryy

the buffoon obama tries to give a speech during a toast while the british national anthem is playing and that know it all president didnt even realize that that was their national anthem.

no wonder they didnt invite that halfbreed to their big wedding in england.

Bill C. on June 2, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Agents complaining is a poor excuse for reporting fraud, waste, and abuse through advocacy channels. As a civil servant I absolutely wouldn’t hesitate to report that kind of thing.

I enjoy reading your frank (sometimes insensitive) comments.

Dave M on June 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Retired old fart is correct! Kucan was the tech guy in the 1990s and it was common knowledge even then, but the DADDI Molerio protected him. Wonder what tripped Kucan up now?

Agnes B. Bullock on June 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    My guess is Kucan rubbed one of his agency protectors the wrong way and they decided to finally lower the boom on him. I am sure that had nothing whatsoever to do with his theft of federal government property.

    NormanF on June 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

The only reason ICE exists is because if it didn’t exist, it wouldn’t look good. The absolute epitome of nothing. Maybe someone can throw a costume party!

#1 Vato on June 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm

>>My guess is Kucan rubbed one of his agency protectors the wrong way<<

No, he was the product of the Sava, Slattery, Molerio regime.

DD Sava, AKA Plantation Man, up in Fort Sava on the 14th floor, and Slattery wanted to do away with investigations. Slattery was good with the Stalinist technique of bringing in supes with no Inv experience.

Once DHS was formed, among others, Molerio and Georgakopoulos were shown their walking papers. The guys in NEW even did a Powerpoint presentation with music showing DG walking out of the office and to his GOV with his cardboard box.

So what happened is that once the protectors were gone, it was open season.

Sort of like a certain (late) SCI in NYC in the early 80's who told the guys that if they didn't like what he was doing, they could go to OPR. The next morning there ere about thirty guys standing outside OPR's door.

Retired old fart on June 3, 2011 at 7:26 am

It reminds me of the old INS days, when you screwed up-you moved up….

DEO1988 on June 3, 2011 at 9:20 am

LMFAO!!!!

Legacy INS, legacy customs….same dog, different collar. Still have to wonder how it plays out for the legacy customs people who get caught with child porn, weenie-waggin’ 16 year olds in malls, and other nefarious activities? Gee, never read about the almighty oig gestapo heading that up. Nope, took the FBI or other local law enforcement departments to uncover that.

Regardless of whatever legacy agency you came from, ICE is frickin’ embarrassment and a blight. Georgie Boy should have left well enough alone.

IceNoMore on June 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

Well Janet!! Say something.

Jim on June 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

If you read the criminal complaint, which is posted on the US Attorney’s website for New Jersey, you will see one up side to this otherwise sad story and you could infer it is what tripped up Kucan. (Not sad because he got caught, sad because he carried on so long.) Apparently there were at least 10 of his coworkers who were sufficiently disgusted by his behavior that they willingly cooperated with the IG and OPR and provided information that clearly substantiated what was going on. It is good to see so many people finally did the right thing.

You could also speculate that it was the merger of the agencies that finally ended this nonsense. It was the merger that ultimately got rid of some of the bad managers.

JimK198 on June 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

Well at least he was caught now. Had he been legacy customs management he would probably have a post at HQ by now!

notanEVSfan on June 3, 2011 at 11:12 am

    NormanF(up) and the other legacy INS chumps never will get it: Special Agents (Criminal Investigators) investigate criminals not “track down and deport aliens”, you have to get out of that mindset, you’re GS-13’s now (at least on paper). ICE right now has turned into a big experiment for legacy INS clerks that now want to “explore” doing criminal investigations (something they have never done)and think that picking up a “wet” with a baggie of personal use narcotics is an “investigation”, and then taking them to an immigration judge is “going to court”. Bureaucrats, inexperience and incompetence rules at ICE investigations, and the future is set for even more failure because of the chumps, and clowns, that are being promoted. ICE management lauds these incompetents and celebrate them about how much they love their jobs. Of course they love their jobs, where else are you going to make over 100k a year for sitting on your ass, looking at a computer screen, churning out binders full of printouts that are meaningless and call that an investigation, and afraid to hit the streets because “they” might think you’re a “cop”? I’ve got news for you: You ARE supposed to be cops! Unfortunately the Keystone Kops.

    KILOSnot Baggies on June 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

ICE is just INS under a new name. The only thing ICE has to do with Customs is the few legacy Customs agents left in it, waiting to retire. INS had the lowest standards in the federal government for Criminal Investigators; ICE now has the same low standards–the lowest in the federal government. ICE hires drug users, drug dealers, gang members, people who are mentally unstable, etc. for its law enforcement ranks. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone when something like this happens.

King David on June 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm

As far as I know, Kucan was regarded as slimly weasel who skulked around the office with almost no responsibilities and has NEVER conducted an “investigation”. One has to wonder how he became a supervisor.

After reading the complaint, one also has to wonder WHO his immediate supervisor was and WHO allowed this behavior to continue for over a dozen years???? Didn’t anyone wonder what was happening to all the supplies that were being payed for?? Why aren’t Kucan’s supervisors being held accountable for their failure to properly supervise this guy and allowing this activity to go unchecked, nevermind not being able to account for tens of thousands of dollars worth of supplies to just VANISH???

Besides commending those employees who assisted with the OPR/OIG investigation, I think kudos also go to some of the recently installed upper management (who had NO all alligence to either legacy agency) who recognized this guy for the FRAUD that he was. It’s just my opinion, but the new top manager was apparently not afraid of the one remaining twin sister who appeared to be a Kucan ally and possibly one of his protectors.

It’s also interesting to read in the last few pages of the complaint how Kucan somehow got word of the ongoing probe. I wonder how that happened???

ICEDover on June 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm

ICEDover, your last comment does speak to my theory. He stole stuff in plain sight and couldn’t have gotten away with it without the protection of people above him on the agency ladder. That’s why his co-workers took so long to blow the whistle. You don’t rock the boat at ICE on a corrupt guy if it turns out he has more powerful people covering for him. In my view, he was turned out not because of what he did but because he outlived his usefulness. Hence the charges pending against him.

NormanF on June 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I have heard the ongoing INS -vs- CUSTOMS battle for nearly all of my 25+ years. One [legacy] agency was never that better or legitimate than the other [legacy] agency. For every illiterate supervisor INS had that couldn’t speak English, Customs had another with an 85″ ass that couldn’t fit in a pair of normally tailored pants. Immigration dealt with people, while Customs dealt with ‘stuff’. As long as we are bickering between one-another, trying to argue who was more important, the sickness prevails. Fact is; we continue to be mis-managed and without direction. Our country is coming apart at the seams while we do little to fix it. The worst is yet to come I fear.

#1 Vato on June 4, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Sounds like #1 vato spent too much time in the BP chasing “wets” and perfecting his tracking sign techniques to catch “people”, commonly and derogatively referred to as “wets” by them. Nowadays he’s probably basking in the glow of having been “picked up” as an “special agent” by some DD through the issuance of a letter that proclaimed he was now an “agent”, sitting on his ever expanding derriere looking at a computer screen and printing out massive amounts of records, putting them in a binder, and calling that an “investigation”, all while collecting GS-13 pay, which by the way, would not have happened to legacy INS clerks were it not for the merger (unfortunately). Customs investigated the criminals who dealt with smuggled “things” such as narcotics (dope to you), money (not the chump change you’re used to in your dealings with “people”), and other items that fall under the felony statutes of the U.S. (not immigration court), and prosecuted and convicted them through the U.S. Attorney’s office. By the way your boy who got caught selling on Ebay was definitely dealing with “things”.
    Oh yeah, one more thing:: U.S. Attorneys want “KILOS” not “baggies”.

    BroMan on June 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    The two (Customs and the INS) were originally separate agencies and they have very different functions. Customs is supposed to encourage people to come and Immigration is supposed to keep them out. It nearly always get resolved in favor of more revenue, which ICE needs and never enough of from Congress. In fact, one can make a good case the ICE is the Rodney Dangerfield of federal agencies. It struggles to keep its self-respect.

    NormanF on June 5, 2011 at 1:15 pm

BROMAN..I prefer TONKS-to-Wets actually. Not an agent/not a 13 but you make my point. I would be right there at your back in a firefight, I don’t care what color uniform you wore. OUR problem is the liberal numbnuts who wants us to NOT do our jobs. Liberal Peter-puffers giggling while we repeatedly piss on the same fire hydrant. With me?

#1 Vato on June 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Yes, I am, this is a mess they created, got promoted for doing “such a good job”, took their money and rode off into the sunset, like locusts, leaving behind they detritus,looking for something else to mess up.

BroMan on June 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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