Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A federal immigration agent was charged Tuesday with making phony overtime claims of more than $13,000 over a nine-month period.

Myles Kui Zhang, 47, of Chino, was charged with a felony count of grand theft by an employee, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Zhang put in the fraudulent overtime claims while working for Immigration and Customs Enforcement between Aug. 14 of last year and May 18 of this year, prosecutors allege.

One of her supervisors noticed “irregularities” on the agent’s time sheet, prompting ICE officials to investigate, according to prosecutors.

Zhang, who was being held on $20,000 bail, could face up to three years in prison if she is convicted.

Zhang worked as an immigration enforcement agent in the Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel, according to ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice. Zhang worked for the agency since 2005.

“ICE holds its employees to the highest standards of professional and ethnical conduct,” said Steven P. Lovett, assistant special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. “We will move aggressively to investigate and bring to justice those who allegedly betray the public’s trust. Guarding against illegal or unethical behavior is not an option — it’s an obligation we have to the people we serve.”

City News Service

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