He Married A Woman From El Salvador And Tried To Bribe ICE To Deport Her And Her Daughter When The Relationship Soured
A Portland man was sentenced to four months in federal prison on Monday after attempting to deport his estranged wife and daughter. According to the Orgenian, Antonio O. Burgos, 48, reached out to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer and offered him money in exchange for getting his wife deported from the U.S. This all began last May when Burgos followed an ICE officer from the agency’s Portland office to a parking lot in Vancouver, Washington and offered money.
A man has been sentenced to prison for attempting to bribe an immigration officer several times to deport his estranged wife and child.
Antonio Burgos met and married his wife in El Salvador but the relationship soured after he brought his wife and her daughter to the U.S. Reports say that he planned to bribe the officer to send his family back to El Salvador. The bribery attempt occurred in the midst of the couple’s divorce.
When Burgos followed the officer last May, it was the first of several bribe offers. He confronted and gave the officer his contact information after the offer was declined, federal prosecutors said. The ICE agent would report the incident to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
An investigation into the bribery attempt would prove that Burgos was ready to pay to have his wife deported back to El Salvador. The ICE officer made the first of two recorded calls to Burgos on May 31 during which he attempted to pay $3,000 for his wife’s deportation. On June 5 the officer made a second recorded call and again Burgos offered money.
The ICE agent then set a meeting with Burgos and it was then that he increased his offer.
On June 6, Burgos and the officer would meet again for an in-person meeting. It was then when he tried to bribe the officer once more, offering to pay $4,000 for the removal of his wife and his wife’s child.
According to ICE officials, Burgos gave the officer half of the bribe money during that meeting and agreed to provide the rest of the money after his family was deported.
Burgos was arrested on June 29 when he met the officer again and was carrying the other $2,000 at the time. He would plead guilty in November to bribery of a public official.
In case you didn’t know, attempting to bribe a federal officer is against the law.
ICE officials released a public statement this week saying that Burgos “will face the justice he deserves.” The case is yet another example of individuals unaware of basic laws and regulations when it comes to the attempt of bribing public officials.
“Criminals who attempt to disrupt and dismantle our operations by attempting to bribe public officials will not be tolerated, Brad Bench, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, Seattle office, said in a press release.”Yesterday’s verdict is an excellent example of both HSI and the OPR’s dedication to ending these type of brazen acts and reinforcing the public’s trust in our officers.”