Colombian National Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Theft of Government Laptop Computer
On December 4, Juan Calle, a Colombian national, pleaded guilty and was subsequently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Miami, Florida, to a felony charge of theft of government property. Calle was sentenced to time served and three years of supervised release, which was suspended because of his illegal immigration status in the United States. Calle will be transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Columbia. This arrest resulted from OIG's response to the theft of an OIG Special Agent's computer laptop from a government vehicle near Miami. Subsequent investigative activity identified an organized effort by a small ring of thieves to steal laptops from vehicles in the same area where the OIG agent's laptop was stolen. Calle had been observed stealing another government laptop from a decoy vehicle parked in the same area. This was a joint investigation conducted by the DOT OIG, FBI, and Miami Dade Police Department.