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U.S. Customs Agent Accused of Stealing $95,000

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – A high-ranking U.S. Customs agent in Buffalo was indicted today on charges he stole $95,000 from an evidence room and then repeatedly lied about it. Agent Robert DelVicario is accused of taking an evidence bag containing cash that was later found at his home.

DelVicario, a 20-year veteran of Customs, allegedly lied 14 times over a four-day period to Internal Affairs agents investigating the theft, U.S. Attorney Michael Battle said.

The 16-count indictment accuses DelVicario of lying about his possession of keys to the evidence room, his knowledge of the alarm code for the room and his presence in the Customs office the day before the money was discovered missing.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Investigators would not say what led agents to the cash at DelVicario's home.