Border Patrol settles with whistleblower Port Angeles agent
October 24th, 2012 - 11:48am
(Port Angeles) -- The Border Patrol has settled with an agent who claimed retaliation after he told a Congressional open-government group the Port Angeles station has little to do.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed this week between the agency and agent Christian Sanchez.
Sanchez last year told the Congressional Transparency Caucus the Border Patrol's Port Angeles office was allowing unnecessary overtime and the station had little "real" work to do for its expanding number of agents.
Sanchez made the statements after he refused to work overtime because he thought it was taxpayer fraud since there was enough actual work to do.
Border Patrol officials countered there was plenty of work for the agency on the Olympic Peninsula.
Sanchez alleged retaliation for his refusal to work the extra hours.
In the settlement, Border Patrol admitted no wrongdoing and a spokesman says its representatives actively worked with Sanchez to find effective solutions to the situation.
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