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ICE agent in hot water over political data sharing

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Cory Voorhis is on unpaid leave over allegations that he misused confidential agency data to aid the 2006 gubernatorial campaign of Bob Beauprez.

Voorhis allegedly accessed the National Crime Information Computer (NCIC) database for information about a felon who received a plea deal when Beauprez’s opponent, Gov. Bill Ritter, was a prosecuting attorney. Voorhis allegedly turned the information over to Beauprez, and it wound up being used in a campaign ad.

Voorhis faces misdemeanor charges. He has countered that others also misused the database but were not charged. Records show that members of the Ritter campaign called Denver Assistant District Attorney Chuck Lepley after the Beauprez ad began running. Lepley allegedly asked his staff to run an NCIC check on the felon in question, then reported the results back to Ritter campaign headquarters.

Officials from the DA’s office say they ran the check in response to media calls about Beauprez’s ad, not in response to a request from Ritter’s campaign.

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