ICE official from Whittier sentenced for fraud and obstruction of justice

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Frank Johnston, a 55-year-old former ICE agent, was sentence to two years in prison after faking records that put his wife on the ICE payroll.

A local federal immigration official has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for fraud.

Frank Johnston of Whittier retired from Immigration and Customs Enforcement three years ago after more than three decades on the job.

Now, the 55 year-old former ICE agent has been sentenced to two years in prison on multiple felony counts for his roll in a timecard scheme. Prosecutors say he cooked up fake records to keep his wife on the ICE payroll for $90,000 a year. They say the wife, former ICE employee Taryn Johnston, was actually a stay-at-home mom.

She'll serve a month behind bars for lying to federal investigators.

Los Angeles federal judge Judge James Otero ordered Frank Johnston to pay ICE the $400,000 that his wife got in the timecard scheme.

The judge also criticized what he called a "culture of corruption" at the ICE office in Los Angeles.

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