Southern Ariz. Homeland Security agent indicted
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A federal grand jury has returned a 21count indictment against a Homeland Security Investigations special agent Jovana Deas, 33, and her sister Dana Maria Samaniego Montes, 40, stole and transferred sensitive U.S. government documents to unauthorized individuals.
The Associated Press reports the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday that Deas and Samaniego allegedly obstructed a Homeland Security investigation and other agency proceedings.
Acting U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel says Deas betrayed the public's trust by accessing classified information and then passed it on to friends and relatives.
Deas became a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at Nogales in June 2003. In 2008, she became a special agent at the Homeland Security Investigations Nogales office. She remains on
administrative leave without pay.