Immigration Agent Who Took Cash Bribes and Sex Gets Prison

AP, October 24, 2017

A former Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer convicted of accepting cash bribes and sex in exchange for employment authorization documents was sentenced on Tuesday to seven years in prison.

Arnaldo Echevarria, of Somerset, was convicted in March of bribery, making false statements and harboring an undocumented immigrant.

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Echevarria received $75,000 in bribes from immigrants not in the U.S. legally in exchange for employment authorization documents from 2012 to 2014, prosecutors said, and in one instance he demanded and received sex.

He also was convicted of concealing his girlfriend’s immigration status and employing her in his hair salon while lying to ICE officials. He paid his girlfriend and other employees in cash to avoid paperwork, prosecutors said.

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