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Former Martinez Homeland Security Agent Pleads Guilty To Lying About Relationship With Witness


A former Martinez agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security pleaded guilty this week to one count of making a false statement in connection with a sexual relationship she had with a victim witness in a federal criminal case, federal prosecutors said.

Melissa Saurwein, 44, worked for Homeland Security Investigations in Northern California and developed a romantic relationship with a victim witness in a human trafficking case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The case involved Job Torres Hernandez, of Hayward, a construction company owner who was convicted of obtaining forced labor from undocumented victims in 2019.

In preparation for Saurwein’s testimony in the trial, she was asked if she had a personal relationship with any witness or victim in the case. She lied in order to conceal her relationship with a victim witness, prosecutors said. This could have been known if she was made to take a lie detector test.


The case went to trial and both Saurwein and the victim witness testified, but the truth about her relationship did not come to light until after the trial and sentencing of the defendant. This meant that the judgement had to be vacated in 2020 and Torres Hernandez was released.
Saurwein is facing a maximum of five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. She is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28.


Anon April 1, 2023 - 1:31 PM - 1:31 PM

No surprises here. Look into some of the charges…..Human Trafficking!
Why is it that some of the most heinous crimes are committed by those who are or should be held to a higher standard???

Maybe it’s because the Standard for employment has been lowered.

Gender & Skin Above Qualifications & Experience.

Badge1104 April 1, 2023 - 1:47 PM - 1:47 PM

Well, Congressman Eric Sswalwell was sleeping with the Chinese Communist spy… this seems small potatoes to that.

Reasonable April 1, 2023 - 2:05 PM - 2:05 PM

And …. Feinstein had a chinese agent driving her around for 10 or 15 years.

S April 1, 2023 - 3:24 PM - 3:24 PM

and Leonard slept with a North Korean Spy….

Juryisout April 1, 2023 - 2:36 PM - 2:36 PM

There is no such thing as “higher standards” any longer.
The new standard is how a unnormal, weird and out of touch with reality can a person be.
If the circus is in town that’s the people that are welcome on social media and on television nowadays and in politics.

Exit 12A April 1, 2023 - 2:52 PM - 2:52 PM

Why can’t some people keep it professional and keep their lust in check?
They behave like animals.

Ricardoh April 1, 2023 - 3:16 PM - 3:16 PM

His boss Myorkis lies through his teeth everyday. Maybe it’s a prerequisite for the job.

T-Rex April 1, 2023 - 5:54 PM - 5:54 PM

Kamala slept with brown. And now look at her position. Happens all the time. She’s a scapegoat for something else I bet.

Juryisout April 2, 2023 - 8:03 AM - 8:03 AM

@Trex yea everyone that’s been around awhile remembers Kamala as being Willie’s mattress on her way up the ladder.

The Fearless Spectator April 1, 2023 - 6:24 PM - 6:24 PM

This guy is a choirboy compared to Mayorkas.

LJ April 2, 2023 - 7:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Not for nothing, but HER. Agent is a female.

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