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Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Convicted of Lying to Federal Grand Jury

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Supervisory Border Patrol Agent David Wayne Skinner was convicted Thursday of making false statements to a federal grand jury in connection with an investigation of a benefits fraud scheme. 

At trial, the jury heard evidence that Skinner’s accomplices, former U.S. Marine Corps reservist Major Jason Wild and former Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strom, defrauded the Marine Corps out of $205,628 between 2006 and 2010, according to evidence admitted at trial. Skinner assisted with the scheme by signing a fake lease agreement used by Strom to make the claims, and by trying to call the military authorities responsible for paying the claim.