Former ATF Agent Douglas daCosta of Livermore, California, agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to the government for paid sick leave when he worked as a federal agent, according to officials.
“When a law enforcement officer misuses taxpayer funds, he does a disservice to his colleagues who serve with professionalism and distinction,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “This settlement shows that we will not hesitate to hold individuals accountable if they misuse taxpayer funds.”
“Federal agents must be held to answer when they breach the public’s trust,” said Special Agent in Charge Elise Chawaga of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General’s Fraud Detection Office. “The Office of the Inspector General remains vigilant in its effort to uncover government waste, fraud and abuse and to recover all ill-gotten gains.”
DaCosta submitted the false requests while working as a criminal investigator for the ATF’s San Francisco field division in 2009, according to authorities.
From January 2009 until his retirement in June 2009, daCosta claimed more than 80 days of paid sick leave for which he was not eligible, according to the government’s allegations.
Specifically, the federal government alleged that daCosta falsely represented to his supervisors that he was undergoing extensive treatment for cancer, going so far as to provide a forged letter from a physician to support his claims. However, daCosta did not have cancer and was not undergoing any such treatments.
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