House Probe: WH Secret Service Detail Monitored Employee's Neighbor

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | May 22, 2014 | 1:59 PM EDT

The Secret Service monitored Brenda Allen and her family for months after she had a falling out with a neighbor, who just happened to work for former Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan., according to a report by the Washington Post.

The House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform has launched a formal investigation into why Secret Service agents assigned to White House detail were rerouted to monitor the home of a neighbor of a close friend of the agency's director.

"Once this started it was hell, it was just pure hell," Allen, the victim of the Secret Service's monitoring, said. Allen says she saw unmarked vehicles monitoring their rural home for months and her family stopped being able to make use of their backyard or BBQ due to the constant monitoring.

The monitoring began in 2011, after Brenda Allen and her family had a dispute with their neighbor, Lisa Chopey. Chopey was the assistant to Mark Sullivan, then-director of the Secret Service. Chopey accused Mulligan, Allen's boyfriend, of chasing her in a truck. Chopey sought and obtained a restraining order. After that, Secret Service agents started visiting and monitoring the rural gravel road in LaPlata, Md. where the families lived.

"There were cars, box trucks that we'd never seen," Allen says. She says they went to ask the cars what they were doing, and they sped off. The Allen family lived on fifteen acres in a rural area.

She says that after the falling out with her neighbor, "it was miserable to live there" due to the constant monitoring. Her son "was devastated" and it "changed the entire dynamic of my family." It felt like all eyes were on "us, there were so many people watching, we're now learning that."

Called "Operation Moonlight," agents from a special unit tasked with monitoring the White House perimeter, were rerouted to check on the home of the administrative assistant of then-Director Mark Sullivan, the Washington Post revealed.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is now demanding that the Secret Service turn over "any and all documents" describing why agents were pulled off their normal duty of protecting President Obama and to see if these actions "fit a pattern of impropriety and mismanagement" that the Secret Service has shown in "a series of recent scandals."

h/t: Washington Post