A Portland, Oregon man was recently sentenced to four months in prison. It would seem he plotted to attempt to bribe an ICE agent, in an effort to get his estranged wife and step-child deported.
Dealing with a failed marriage, and heading for divorce proceedings, Antonio Burgos, 48, chose to approach an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in May of 2018, near the Oregon-Washington border of the United States and Canada.
Burgos made an offer of $3,000 to the ICE agent if he would deport his wife and her child, both from a previous relationship, back to El Salvador, their home country. Instead of accepting the bribe, the ICE agent informed the Office of Professional Responsibility of Burgos’s offer and request.
As reported by ABC News, it was then that the OPR set up and initiated a sting operation, which was executed in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. Court documents show that as part of the continued investigation, the unidentified ICE agent arranged to meet with Burgos.
During the sting operation, two conversations were recorded with Burgos where he offered to pay the agent $3,000. A meeting was subsequently set up, at an agreed upon location, in Just, where Burgos then proceeded to up his offer to that of $4,000.
In a statement by Brad Bench, special agent in charge at the Seattle office of Homeland Security:
“We rely on our officers to perform their duties with integrity. This case should send a strong message that those who attempt to coerce a public official will be punished.”
Approximately 23 days after the initial meeting during the sting operation, Burgos was arrested and taken into custody. He was charged with and subsequently chose to plead guilty, on one bribery of a public official.
Burgos accepted an offered plea deal last fall, and on Monday was sentenced to four months in prison, after which he will be required to serve an additional three years of supervised release.