Ex-Federal Agent Pleads Guilty To Alleged Cover-Up

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former U.S. Homeland Security agent has pleaded guilty in Brownsville to conspiring to fake investigative records.

Wayne Ball is a former special agent with the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general's office in McAllen. He pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors that requires his future cooperation.

Ball was charged Monday with signing and backdating falsified reports. He and unidentified others were accused of conspiring, before an internal agency review, to fake records to show investigative work had been done.

Ball was the first to be charged in the investigation that began in late 2011 after the internal review.

The Inspector General's Office investigates wrongdoing within the department's agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

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