The Hits just keep on keeping on at HSI/ICE. We never read stories like this or last weeks LA Office shoot out, about either the INS or Customs. But the government decided to break up both those agencies and create the Department of Homeland Stupidity. TSA and ICE, the lowest rated agencies in the government make up 75% of DHS.
Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), has been charged with transportation, receipt and and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Mangione could face up to 20 years in prison. Each transportation and receipt of child pornography charge carries minimum-mandatory sentences of five years.
On Wednesday, the South Florida head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI, who spent decades investigating federal crimes, pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment that accuses him of child-porn offenses on the Internet, including transporting and receiving “visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” according to the Justice Department.
Mangione, was arrested Tuesday by Broward sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents outside a Publix supermarket in Coral Springs. Justice Department, FBI and ICE officials declined to comment on the controversial case brought against the suspended special agent in charge of ICE’s South Florida office.
In April, The Miami Herald reported that the Broward County Sheriff’s Department and FBI invesigators had seized Mangione’s computer from his Parkland residence after obtaining a search warrant based on an alert from AOL, Mangione’s Internet service provider. Sources said Mangione, who had headed the ICE regional office since 2007, was not believed to have received the pictures in connection with any ICE investigation.
The Justice Department probe took months to complete as investigators analyzed his computer and other electronic equipment to determine whether Mangione sent, received or distributed illegal digital images of children.
AOL, which monitors the distribution of child pornography by its users, alerted a national nonprofit resource center about the images allegedly sent to Mangione’s computer, sources said. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children then sent the information to a multi agency task force that investigates child-porn distribution over the Internet.
During the past decade, ICE has aggressively targeted child pornography, with Mangione frequently speaking out against “predators” who illegally share images through their computers. As special agent in charge of ICE’s South Florida office, Mangione often praised the agency’s efforts to fight child pornography in both the cyber and real worlds.
Mangione had planned to retire this summer. He served his entire federal career with ICE and its predecessor, the U.S. Customs Service. He began his South Florida Customs career hunting down dope smugglers.
He was later transferred to the Washington office. Mangione’s biggest case, during a tour of duty in Customs’ headquarters, came in the mid-1990s. As the head of financial investigations, he supervised a team of Customs agents in Los Angeles that dismantled a Colombian-Mexican drug money-laundering network run by cartels and bankers.
He managed a department stretching from Fort Pierce to Key West that investigates both immigration and customs cases, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security that was created in 2003 after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.