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Date: 01-24-2023

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United States of America v. Sean M. Nelson

Case Number: CR-22-01307

Judge: Not Avaiable

Court: United States District Court for the District of Arizona (Maricopa County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Phoenix

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Description: Phoenix, Arizona criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with Theft of Government Property.

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Between November 2019 and October 2021, Sean M. Nelson, age 44, of Mesa, Arizona, then a Special Agent with HSI, worked without permission or authorization for several private companies while on duty for HSI, and used his government owned vehicle (GOV) for such unauthorized outside work. Nelson drove the GOV, that he agreed to use only for HSI duty purposes, while working for Amazon, Uber, and Lyft during time periods he was supposed to be working for HSI. Nelson’s actions in working for these companies while on duty for HSI resulted in tens of thousands of dollars in losses to the government.

“As a result of the conviction, Mr. Nelson has forfeited much of his salary during the time period of his on-the-job criminal activity, and as a federal felon he’ll never lawfully possess or use a firearm ever again,” said United States Attorney Gary Restaino. “His dereliction of duty was a grave disservice to his hard-working law enforcement colleagues and the taxpayers alike.”

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Sean K. Lokey, District of Arizona, Phoenix, handled the prosecution.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay $133,999 in restitution.

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