Philly DA: Immigration agent accused of stealing from prisoner he was assigned to transport

Associated Press

Authorities in Philadelphia have announced charges against a federal immigration agent accused of having stolen from a prisoner he was assigned to transport.

District Attorney Seth Williams said Tuesday that authorities arrested Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Justin Ford last week.

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They allege that he was caught in a sting allegedly taking $200 from an undercover Philadelphia police officer posing as a "deportee."

Williams said that after searching the undercover officer and finding $2,000, Ford took two $100 bills. Authorities allege that Ford acknowledged the theft, as well as thefts from other prisoners.

Ford is charged with theft, unlawful taking and related offenses. He's due in court on March 27.

Bail was set at $25,000; it's unclear whether Ford had an attorney who could offer comment.