A federal immigration agent who worked in the Chet Holifield Federal Building in Laguna Niguel has been charged with grand theft for allegedly making more than $13,000 worth of phony overtime claims over a nine-month period, authorities said.
Conviction on the felony count of grand theft by an employee that Myles Kui Zhang was charged with Tuesday could send the 47-year-old Chino resident to prison for three years, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).
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She worked as an agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency since 2005, according to ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice. The OCDA alleges Zhang put in the fraudulent overtime claims while working between Aug. 14 of last year and May 18 of this year out of the Chet Holifield Federal Building (a.k.a. the Ziggurat) in Laguna Niguel.
Zhang's supervisor noticed something screwy with the agent's time sheets and an ICE investigation was launched, says the OCDA. Originally held on $20,000 bail, her arraignment is pending.