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Secret Service Director Suspected of Lying to Congress About Colombia Prostitution Scandal

Mark Sullivan, Director of the united States Secret Service, listens during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill May 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. Sullivan was called to testify about the recent prostitution scandal involving members of the Secret Service in Cartagena, Columbia prior to a visit by US President Barack Obama. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is suspected of lying to Congress about the Colombia prostitution scandal that involved 13 of his agents, several law enforcement officials and congressional sources told Fox News.

An investigation conducted by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) suggests Sullivan gave false statements in his congressional testimony and impeded Congress in its probe into the scandal.

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DHS OIG uncovered the evidence -- including specific incidents of alleged perjury, making false statements and impeding Congress -- during their ongoing probe into the scandal surrounding agents' misconduct prior to President Obama's trip to Cartagena, Colombia last April, sources told FoxNews.com. Sources said Sullivan may have violated statute 18 USC § 1505 -- obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees -- and investigators are now handing the case over to federal prosecutors in the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section. 

DHS OIG has been in talks with Justice Department prosecutors in the Public Integrity Section for months, and met with them late last week about the potential charges against Sullivan, sources said.

The OIG, however, declined to discuss details of its investigation.

"The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General is conducting an ongoing investigation, requested by Congress, of the United States Secret Service regarding its actions during a presidential visit to Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this year," Charles Edwards, acting inspector general, said in a written statement. "The department and the Secret Service have cooperated with the OIG’s investigation thus far. However, as a matter of policy, the OIG does not discuss its ongoing investigations."

To read Fox News' entire report, click here.

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