Recent tips to my office revealed questionable behavior by high ranking employees at the U.S. Marshals Service, the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In one instance, Kimberly Beal, the deputy assistant director of the U.S. Marshals Service Asset Forfeiture Division, allegedly influenced her staff to hire an unqualified person, who had been recommended by the U.S. Marshals Service director, for a highly-paid contract position. This was allegedly done in an effort to curry favor with the director, who was considering Beal for a promotion.
Beal was indeed promoted to assistant director—the division’s top official. While in this position, she allegedly allowed the office to purchase lavish and unnecessary office furnishings, like custom wall paper and window treatments, using money from the Asset Forfeiture Fund, which is intended to cover certain program and investigation expenses at the Justice Department. Fancy office decorations don’t fight crime and seem hard to justify when every bit of spending should get the most bang for the buck. I’ve also heard claims that the division misused funds set aside to support joint law enforcement operations with state and local law enforcement agencies.
If these claims are true, they demonstrate a disturbing lack of respect for the rules established to keep federal agencies accountable. So I’ve requested answers from the Justice Department and the U.S. Marshals Service, and I intend to get to the bottom of these allegations.
Quid pro quo exchanges of favors and misuse of agency resources should not be tolerated. Americans deserve a better quality federal government.