US Marshals Service Whistleblowers Allege Officials Use Freedom of Information Act to Retaliate Against Them

Multiple whistleblowers in the US Marshals Service have informed Republican Senator Chuck Grassley’s office that leadership is allegedly using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to retaliate against them for seeking to report systemic abuses of power.

In a letter to the Acting Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the Justice Department, Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote, that “many whistleblowers” have now “come forward in the last month” to provide information suggesting the Assets Forfeiture Division of the US Marshals Service suffers from nepotism. For example, assistant director, Kimberly Beal, allegedly hired a family member as an intern and approved numerous cross-country trips for that family member, which are supposed to be for criminal investigators.

One whistleblower told Grassley this sort of thing is just a part of “day-to-day business” at the US Marshals Service. Continue>>>