Veteran ATC agent fired for vulgar text messages, falsifying documents

Veteran ATC agent fired for vulgar text messages, falsifying documents

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A veteran enforcement agent supervisor with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has been fired.

Brette Tingle was fired after officials allegedly discovered vulgar text messages on his state-issued phone. He is also accused of falsifying payroll documents, stemming from GPS reports on his state vehicle.

Threatening, racial and sexual text messages were found on his state-issued phone, according to ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert. The messages were between Tingle and several former ATC employees.

Per Commissioner Herbert, pieces of the conversation include:

Former ATC employee:  "I hate fu*****  ni****!!!"

Brette Tingle:  "Me too!!!"

Brette Tingle:  "Scourge of the earth!!!"

Discussing the resignation of an agent of Middle Eastern descent, Commissioner Herbert quoted Tingle saying:

Former ATC Agent: "Where is he going?"

Brette Tingle:  "Not in law enforcement. Said something spiritual. Probably joining the Jihad."

Former ATC Agent:  "Yikes. Maybe he'll suicide bomb maniac's (Commissioner Hebert's) office"

Brette Tingle: "I'm hoping!!!"

When a former ATC Agent under his command requested sick leave because of her pregnancy, Tingle allegedly responded:

Brette Tingle:  "Get […] to perform some oral stimulation on you.  That always helps […] on a rainy day!

Brette Tingle:  "I feel you! If I had something attached to my uterus I would pass as well."

Tingle also referred to two African American agents as a "fu***** loser" and a "stupid bit**"

In addition, officials say several discrepancies were discovered on payroll documents. Numerous GPS reports were reviewed from Brette Tingle's ATC vehicle. Officials say he claimed to have worked 37 days out of 55. However, officials say reports showed that Tingle's state unit was at his residence while he was claiming that time on his timesheets.  Further, his state-issued cell phone showed text messages that proved he was not working while he claimed time.

"This type of behavior will not be tolerated at ATC.  It jeopardizes ATC's creditability, as well as ATC's ability to serve everyone in the state fairly and impartially," Commissioner Hebert stated.

Other reasons cited for his firing include failure to follow directives, improper recordation of an ATC employee, unauthorized secondary employment, avoidance of discipline and lying to a supervisor.

This information was sent to federal law enforcement agencies to determine if any criminal statues were violated.

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