- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - An ex-Department of Homeland Security supervisor in South Texas must serve three years in prison for trying to cover up lapses in investigations and operations.

Prosecutors say the conduct of Eugenio Pedraza of McAllen resulted in the premature closing of criminal cases without resolution.

Pedraza was special agent-in-charge of the Office of Inspector General’s McAllen field office from 2009 to early 2012.

A federal jury in Brownsville last March convicted Pedraza of conspiracy and five counts of falsifying government documents. Pedraza was sentenced Monday to 37 months in prison.

Prosecutors say Pedraza, in advance of an internal audit, conspired to prepare documents that falsely indicated investigative activity had taken place.

The Office of Inspector General is responsible for investigating alleged criminal activity by DHS employees.

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