Three high-ranking U.S. Marshals Service officials based in the District have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation on allegations of “serious misconduct,” officials said Thursday.
Dave Oney, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Marshals Service, said that the chief deputy U.S. marshal and two assistant chief deputies assigned to the D.C. Superior Court’s H. Carl Moultrie I Courthouse are facing an internal investigation. The names of the three officials have not been released.
Because of the serious nature of the investigation, the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office is assisting in the case, Oney said. He said it was not clear what misdeeds may have occurred. He also said that investigations on such a scale are rare.
The U.S. Marshals Service, a federal law enforcement agency, operates in 94 federal judicial districts and employs about 4,000 deputy U.S. marshals and criminal investigators.
The two brothers who D.C. police said were taken without permission by their mother from Children’s Hospital were found several hours later and are in safe hands, police said Thursday night.
The boys, brothers ages 5 and 10, were taken from the campus of the D.C. hospital about 4 p.m. Thursday, and police investigated the case as a possible double kidnapping.
Before the boys were found, police said they were with a woman they knew. Police later identified the woman as their mother, Mikisha Funderburk, 27.
It was not immediately clear why the mother was not supposed to be with the boys. Police did not say when or where the boys were located.
Ten people have been charged in an identity-theft ring that prosecutors say swiped the personal information of more than 600 people to make fake IDs and open lines of credit.
The group was indicted in late July, although many were arrested in recent days. Federal prosecutors in Virginia said the suspects swiped the personal information of customers at the businesses where they worked — including an area dental practice, insurer and rental car company.
They used that information to make fake IDs, open lines of credit and, eventually, make purchases at several stores, prosecutors said.
— Matt Zapotosky