Secret Service Severely Punished Whistleblower

The Secret Service retaliated against a whistleblower who waged a five-year battle with the agency, accusing senior managers of abusing their authority and fabricating charges against him because he spoke out against their alleged mismanagement, according to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.

After a two-and-a-half-year investigation, the DHS OIG issued a report Tuesday concluding that the Secret Service retaliated against Robert MacQueen, a 24-year veteran agent who had served in several prestigious assignments, multiple times by revoking his security clearance and keeping him on unpaid leave for more than three years while he fought the false charges.

The Washington Free Beacon in early September reported on MacQueen’s case, including his allegation that the Secret Service tried to offer him “fast-track” disability retirement in return for dropping his complaints even though he is able-bodied and never sought any type of disability compensation.

Knowingly helping to defraud the government by offering to help file a false disability claim is criminal behavior and could constitute a felony, according to lawyers who specialize in federal-employment law.

Read more at The Washington Free Beacon.