Saturday, May 15, 2021

US court jails former border officer for accepting bribes to grant undocumented immigrant

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A former Customs and Border Protection officer from Nogales was sentenced to 30 months in prison for bribery in a U.S. District Court last week, according to a press release on Wednesday from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Jose Rosalio Fuentes, 58, accepted a $6,000 cash bribe in 2018 in exchange for granting an undocumented immigrant, who was a convicted felon, entry into the United States.

Fuentes, who was assigned to canine duty at the Nogales Port of Entry at the time, was aware of the immigrant’s criminal record, federal officials said in the release. He suggested the immigrant enter the United States during his shift.

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Surveillance footage reportedly showed Fuentes pretending to swipe the immigrant’s identification while on-duty at the port of entry to allow the immigrant into the United States, later meeting up with the immigrant and another individual to collect the bribe.

In addition to 30 months in prison, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Márquez required Fuentes, who pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official, to serve three years of supervised release and pay a $6,000 fine. Fuentes also cannot hold a future position of trust within the United States.

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