A.G. files felony charges against two Michigan-based U.S. Border Patrol Agents
LANSING – Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his Public Integrity Unit (PIU) has charged United States Border Patrol Agents Terence (Terry) Mitchell Bruce, 43, of St. Clair Shores and Stanley Lyle Nicholson, 45, of Romulus with felony theft and misconduct in office. These charges follow an investigation by the Michigan State Police and Schuette’s PIU.
“Confidence in public safety is of utmost importance,” said Schuette. “As Attorney General, I have a responsibility to enforce the law and ensure public integrity. Taxpayers deserve honesty and accountability from those who work on their behalf.”
“Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction,” said R. Alan Booth, acting Chief Patrol Agent, U.S. Border Patrol Detroit Sector. “We do not tolerate corruption within our ranks, and we take these allegations very seriously.”
It is alleged that last December, while executing an agency authorized search warrant, Bruce and Nicholson each unlawfully removed an item from a residence for personal use.
On March 19, 2015, Schuette filed the following charges against Bruce and Nicholson in Jackson County’s 12th District Court:
One count each of Misconduct in Office; a felony punishable by up to 5-years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine; and,
One count each of Larceny in a Building; a felony punishable by up to 5-years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine
Both defendants surrendered themselves to the proper authorities and were arraigned on March 20, 2015 before 12th District Court Judge Joseph S. Filip. Judge Filip set personal bond for each at $25,000. The defendants are next due in court next on March 27, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. for a preliminary exam conference. Both defendants are due in court also on April 8, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. for their preliminary hearing.
Schuette’s Public Integrity Unit
On January 4, 2011, Attorney General Schuette created a new Public Integrity Unit (PIU) in the Attorney General’s office to ratchet up the fight against corruption in state and local government, protect tax dollars and restore the public’s trust in government. The Public Integrity Unit allows the office to put an increased focus on public corruption cases, a priority Schuette identified upon taking office.
Since taking office in 2011, Schuette’s PIU has filed 313 charges against 64 individuals holding positions of public trust, including state and local government officials. To date, 45 defendants have been sentenced following their convictions on a total of 126 charges.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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