US Border Patrol agent suspended in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Border Patrol agent was suspended after making more than $61,000 in suspicious cash deposits at his credit union, authorities said Tuesday.
Raimundo Borjas was taken into custody on March 22 after an investigation by the FBI's Cochise Border Corruption Task Force, Border Patrol officials said.
Borjas has been with the Border Patrol since April 2003 and was assigned to the Tucson Sector. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Agency officials declined further comment on the case.
Borjas appeared Tuesday in federal court in Tucson and was released on his own recognizance. His federal public defender didn't immediately return a call for comment on the case.
Court documents show Borjas, who is about 40, opened a personal checking account at a credit union in Douglas in February 2010 and deposited $61,600 in cash in nine transactions between last Aug. 15 and Oct. 5.
Credit union officials said all of the deposits were for less than $10,000- the threshold for federal reporting requirements- and most of the money was in $100 bills.
They said Borjas asked a teller on Sept. 10 about the reporting requirement limit then removed 10 $100 bills from the cash in his hands and deposited $9,000.
Records also show that almost all of the cash was mutilated with fraying, holes and dirt on the bills.