An Oregon man was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday for attempting to bribe an immigration and customs officer for deporting his wife and daughter.
Antonio Oswaldo Burgos, 48, pleaded guilty in November to bribing the deportation officer in May 2018, said the US Attorney for the Oregon District in a press release, citing court documents.
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Burgos followed the officer from the ICE office in Portland, where Burgos is located, to Vancouver, Washington, about a 10-kilometer drive north.
He tried to deport the officer for the deportation of his wife, whom he had met in El Salvador, and divorce her daughter from a previous relationship. The ICE officer refused and reported on Burgos.
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A week later, the officer made a call to Burgos along with ICE investigators. He offered $ 3,000 to force his wife from the United States , A similar phone call took place the following week, and Burgos and the officer planned a face-to-face meeting.
When the two met as part of the Sting operation, Burgos offered $ 4,000 to the ICE agent, who deported his wife and daughter.
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"Attempting to bribe a law enforcement officer is a grave crime and will face equally serious consequences," said Billy J. Williams, US Lawyer for the Oregon district, said in November. "I recommend to the ICE officer involved in this case that he has presented Burgos' criminal proposal with the utmost professionalism and determination."
Burgos was sentenced to four months in prison on Monday and will also be under supervision for three years. Officials said.