Apparently someone in the BATFE will be in court for high crimes and misdemeanors…..
Press Release from the Department Of Justice:
FROM: U.S. Dept. of Justice — Office of the Inspector General
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Wednesday, April 6, 2011
ATF AGENT INDICTED ON MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES INVOLVING THEFT, FRAUD AND FIREARMS VIOLATIONS — Clifford Dean Posey Charged In Twenty Count Indictment
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — A special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives has been charged in a twenty count indictment with a
variety of federal crimes that allegedly occurred in the course of his official
In an indictment returned under seal on Tuesday, the grand jury has charged
Clifford Dean Posey, 43, of Chesapeake, Va. with six counts of wire fraud, six
counts of embezzlement, two counts of possessing stolen firearms, four counts of
making false statements and two counts of money laundering. The indictment was
unsealed earlier today following Poseyâ€™s arrest and initial court appearance.
According to the indictment, as part of his duties Posey came into possession of
various items of property that were under his control, including but not limited
to firearms, cigarettes, tobacco products and United States currency. Beginning
no later than 2007, Posey began falsifying documents relating to firearms under
his custody and control in order to embezzle and convert them to his own use. On
one occasion included in the indictment, Posey advertised for sale firearms he
had come into custody of by virtue of his employment.
The indictment charges that during 2010 the defendant assisted in the
investigation of illegal cigarette trafficking. Posey obtained the access code
to a storage unit containing cigarettes intended for use in undercover tobacco
investigations. The defendant later contacted two potential targets of the
investigation and offered to undercut the negotiated ATF price, an action the
defendant was not authorized to take and one he failed to disclose to ATF, as
pursuant to protocol.
Beginning in July 2010 Posey was the lead case agent in an undercover tobacco
investigation and, in that capacity, was entrusted with the custody and control
of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The indictment alleges that on four
separate occasions from September 4 through November 19, 2010, Posey sold
cigarettes in his control by virtue of his employment,
retained the proceeds and failed to report the transactions to the ATF or any
other law enforcement officers working on the investigation.
The indictment also alleges that Posey falsely submitted receipt and release
reports to the ATF regarding firearms. The defendant claimed in the reports that
several stolen firearms were either released to the rightful owner or destroyed,
when in fact the defendant had taken possession of those firearms.
The investigation of the case was conducted by the Department of Justice Office
of the Inspector General, with the assistance of the ATF and the City of Hampton
Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Mott is prosecuting
the case for the United States. This case is being handled by the United States
Attorneyâ€™s Office for the Western District of Virginia as a recusal matter
from the United States Attorneyâ€™s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The
defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove
guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. ###