Oregon Man Arrested for Trying to Bribe ICE Officials to Deport His Wife

A man from Oregon was arrested and charged for trying to bribe immigration officials to deport his wife and daughter, a report says.

Portland, Oregon, resident Antonio Oswaldo Burgos pleaded guilty to one of three counts of bribery of a public official in exchange for a reduced sentence, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Federal officials said the 48-year-old Burgos followed an ICE agent from Portland to Vancouver, Washington, where he approached him in a parking lot on May 24. Burgos then allegedly offered money in exchange for the deportation of his wife back to El Salvador.

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Burgos was in the process of divorcing his wife, officials found.

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Well, that may be one way to get rid of an ex-wife and all her expenses, huh?

But, officials said that Burgos also wanted his daughter deported.

Now that’s just cold.

The agent declined the offer in the parking lot, but did work to set up a later sting operation by calling Burgos on the phone and bringing the scheme back into the conversation. Burgos then offered a $3,000 bribe to the official to get his soon-to-be ex-wife deported.

Burgos allegedly repeated the offer in yet another recorded phone call, investigators said. The suspect even upped the ante to $4,000 officials said.

The man was arrested on Jun 29.

“We rely upon our officers to perform their duties with integrity,” Brad Bench, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations in Seattle, said in the news release. “Because of the deportation officer’s actions, Burgos is being brought to justice. This case should send a strong message that those who attempt to coerce a public official will be punished.”

“Burgos faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced on May 6, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon,” the DOJ wrote.

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