Indicted: Ex Border Patrol union president Terence J. “T.J.” Bonner charged with filing false expense reports, using funds for visting mistress & downloading porn

San Gabriel Valley Tribune:  Former Border Patrol union boss accused of using funds for mistress, porn (Aug 17 2012)

As the leader of the national union representing Border Patrol agents, Terence J. Bonner traveled often. A fixture on cable television and in congressional hearings, he was highly sought by reporters for his pithy commentaries on border security.  So it was not uncommon for him to seek hundreds of thousands of dollars in reimbursements over his 22 years at the National Border Patrol Council, some in the form of expense claims and others as premium pay for working overtime. The problem, federal prosecutors say, was that the money he claimed was for personal reasons, such as visiting his mistress in Chicago and downloading pornography at home on hard drives purchased for the union.

Bonner has been indicted on 12 federal counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to court documents released Thursday. The 59-year-old is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday.  Prosecutors say he also submitted expense vouchers for meals, car rentals, luggage, books and other union-related activities when he was traveling for personal reasons.

Washington Post: Ex-head of Border Patrol union head accused of claiming work time, money for visiting mistress (Aug 17 2012)

The charges cover periods when he was visiting his mistress in Chicago, his family, hockey games and other sporting events unrelated to the union. He also allegedly sought wages for time when he was downloading pornography at home.

McCubbin said the union’s executive board learned about the investigation in April 2010. [Terence J.] Bonner retired from the Border Patrol a month later after 33 years with the agency. The union allowed him to remain as president until his two-year term expired in March 2011.

Los Angeles Times: Ex-leader of Border Patrol union accused of fraud:The former president of the National Border Patrol Council is accused of siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars for travel, tickets and hard drives to store porn (Aug 17 2012)

Terence J. “T.J.” Bonner, 59, diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars from dues-paying union members during more than two decades as president of the organization, which represents more than 14,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents, federal prosecutors said.  Bonner is accused of submitting bills and receiving payment for nonunion activities during his many trips across the country. The charges include conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. He was allegedly assisted by a former top union official who was not named in the indictment.  “These false [reimbursement] claims included periods of time when Bonner was actually visiting his mistress in Chicago or family members, as well as trips to attend non-Union activities, such as hockey games and other sporting events,” read the indictment issued by a federal grand jury in San Diego.

San Diego Union Tribune:  Retired president of Border Patrol union indicted  (Aug 16 2012)

Terence J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council for 22 years until his retirement last year, is accused of submitting expense vouchers for meals, car rentals, luggage, books and other union-related activities when he was traveling for personal reasons.  The false claims cover periods when he was visiting his mistress in Chicago, his family, hockey games and other sporting events unrelated to the union, the indictment says. He allegedly sought wages for time when he was downloading pornography at home on hard drives paid for by the union.

KMJ:  Border Agent Union Boss Indicted (Aug 17 2012)

Terence J. Bonner, widely known as “T.J.” during the 22 years he was president of the National Border Patrol Council, was accused of getting paid for supposed union-related work and travel when he was actually conducting personal business, including visiting a mistress in Chicago and attending sports events.  The indictment also says Bonner was reimbursed for lost pay while doing union work when he was actually at home downloading and viewing pornography — on computer hard drives purchased at union expense.  In addition, Bonner was charged with submitting bogus travel reimbursement claims for things such as meals and rental cars that he claimed to have incurred while traveling on union business. Instead, the trips were for personal business, according to the indictment.

Courthouse News Service:  Ex-Union Leader Accused of Siphoning Funds (Aug 17 2012)

Bonner submitted false claims for “lost wages” for non-union time, including “periods of time when Bonner was actually visiting his mistress in Chicago or family members, as well as trips to attend non-union activities, such as hockey games and other sporting events,” the indictment states.  He also sought reimbursement for time spent “at home, downloading, viewing and archiving pornography on hard drives purchased by Bonner at union expense” and for the dozens of hard drives he used to store his pornography collection, according to the indictment.  The indictment lists more than $135,000 in false claims Bonner submitted.  The grand jury claims Bonner had a co-conspirator, identified as the union secretary-treasurer from 1978 to 2011, who helped him hide “the manner in which Bonner was being personally enriched at union expense.”

Fronteras:  Former Border Patrol Union Head Indicted (Aug 17 2012)

For 22 years, Terence “T.J.” Bonner was president of a union that represented some 14,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents. Prosecutors in San Diego say he now is accused of turning in expense vouchers for personal trips.  They allege those trips cover a time period when he was visiting family, going to hockey games and visiting his mistress in Chicago. They also say he used union money to pay for hard drives onto which he downloaded inappropriate content, and then charged the union for the time he spent downloading the content.

Valley News:  Retired president of National Border Patrol Union indicted for fraud (Aug 17 2012)

The retired president of the National Border Patrol Union was indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges he used his position he held for more than two decades to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds for personal use.  Terence J. Bonner, 59, faces charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and forfeiture of ill-gotten gains in connection with a scheme to defraud some 14,000 dues-paying union members.

According to the indictment, Bonner sought and obtained payment for supposedly union-related work and travel that was, in fact, personal in nature.  “These false claims included periods of time when Bonner was actually visiting his mistress in Chicago or family members, as well as trips to attend non-union activities, such as hockey games and other sporting events,” the indictment states.  The indictment alleges that Bonner, a Campo resident, submitted expense vouchers seeking reimbursement for union-related travel expenses such as meals, car rentals, tips, luggage, books and magazines when he was actually traveling for personal reasons, including vacations and other non-union activity.

UPI:  Ex-Border Patrol union leader charged (Aug 17 2012)

Former U.S. Border Patrol union leader Terence J. Bonner has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly using union funds for personal expenses, officials said.  Bonner has also been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.  A former top union official, who was not named in the indictment, allegedly assisted Bonner.

Fox News:  Former Border Patrol union president indicted (Aug 17 2012)

George McCubbin, who succeeded Bonner as union president, said the alleged corruption was limited to Bonner  …  McCubbin said the union’s executive board learned about the investigation in April 2010. Bonner retired from the Border Patrol a month later after a 33-year career with the agency, and the union allowed him to continue serving as president until his two-year term expired in March 2011.

Bonner submitted six years’ worth of travel expenses to the government at the end of 2009 and filed a grievance when the Border Patrol refused to pay, McCubbin said.  “The agency said this doesn’t smell right, and that’s when they started their investigation,” he said.

NBC New York: Ex-Border Patrol Union Leader Misused Funds: Attorney (Aug 17 2012)

According to the indictment, Bonner used his position to enact a number of unusual policies to benefit himself and other union officials, such as reimbursement for clothing expenses and up to $800 a year for gifts.  During his tenure, Bonner initiated a policy requiring the union to pay premium rates for work completed on Sundays, holidays and night shifts. But the indictment states Bonner allegedly submitted false claims for “lost wages,” including “seeking ‘lost wages’ for time frames when he was not working on union activities but at home, downloading, viewing and archiving” inappropriate material.  He also allegedly submitted and obtained reimbursement for dozens of hard drives used to store the inappropriate material on his computer.

WIS TV:  Ex-Border Patrol union head accused of fraud (Aug 17 2012)

The indictment also accused the union’s secretary-treasurer of conspiring with Bonner, although it does not name the person. Mark Conover, an assistant U.S. attorney, said the person has not been charged and declined to say if there were other targets.  McCubbin, who has been a longtime union officer, said Bonner got special treatment from the union treasurer, who no longer holds the position.  “When we submitted expense vouchers, he never questioned anything for T.J. If we submitted something and forgot a receipt, he’d circle it and send it back to us. He didn’t do that with T.J.,” he said.

12 News Now:  Former Border Patrol union president indicted (Aug 17 2012)

Arizona Daily Star:  Border Patrol union’s former head is indicted (Aug 17 2012)

Arizona Daily Sun:  Ex-Border Patrol union head accused of fraud  (Aug 17 2012)

Bonner allegedly signed off on policies that benefited him and other officers, such as clothing allowances and up to $800 a year to buy gifts for spouses and children. One policy allowed union officers to claim lost wages for Sundays, holidays, nights and overtime if they provided proof to the secretary-treasurer that they were doing union work.  The indictment listed $87,863 in false claims for lost wages from 2007 to 2010 and $48,067 in other false expense reports during that same period. It says he “obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds to which he was not entitled.”

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