US MARSHAL SELLING GOVERNMENTAL INFORMATION DOMESTICALLY!

DEPUTY UNITED STATES MARSHAL PLEADS GUILTY TO

EXCEEDING AUTHORIZED COMPUTER ACCESS FOR MONEY

Jose Magallan, a Deputy assigned to the United States Marshal’s McAllen office, has pleaded guilty to two counts of exceeding his authorized access to information on a U. S. Government computer and accepting money for the information, United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle and Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General Dallas Field Office announced today.

At a hearing before United States District Judge Vanessa Gilmore held today, Jose Magallan, 52, of McAllen, TX, admitted that on two separate occasions, in November 2006 and in January 2007, he accepted money from a private citizen to conduct an unauthorized search of the U. S. Marshals Service’s computer system to obtain and deliver information. Magallan admitted to receiving $500 for information he obtained in the first unauthorized access to information search and $450 for the second such search.

Judge Gilmore, who accepted the guilty pleas and convicted Magallan of two counts alleged in the indictment, has set sentencing for October 9, 2007. Magallan faces up to five years imprisonment and up to a $250,000 for each count of conviction.

Magallan, who has been free on bond since his arrest in April 2007 following return of the two count indictment, has been permitted by the court to remain on bond pending his sentencing.

The investigation leading to the indictment of Magallan was conducted by Special Agents of the Dallas Field Office of the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Jim McAlister.