U.S. Marshal charged with stealing
An investigator with the U.S. Marshals Service has been accused of bilking the government by using his government fleet charge card to fill his personal pick-up truck with gas.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Peter F. Rouse made more than $1,000 in unauthorized charges between August 2009 and December.
Rouse, who has been with the U.S. Marshals Service since 1999, recently worked as a criminal investigator assigned to U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and previously worked in Arizona, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. He was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 21, officials said.
Rouse's supervisors first became suspicious of the charges in 2009 because Rouse's were higher than those of other employees in the Washington area, Harry A. Lidsky, a special agent with the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General wrote in an affidavit. When authorities reviewed the transactions, they found charges made on weekends and holidays when Rouse wasn't working, and quantities of gas pumped that exceeded the capacity of the Crown Victoria assigned to Rouse.
Authorities tracked down surveillance video that corresponded with one $67.58 June 12 charge at a Shell station in New Market that showed someone resembling Rouse pumping gas into a pick-up trick, court papers say. And a Nov. 16 video from a College Park service station where a $51.01 charge was made on the fleet card shows Rouse pulling his Ford F-150 up to the pump.
The complaint, which initially was sealed, was filed Monday and unsealed Tuesday.
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