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Corruption at the Border

 
Corruption at the Border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. border inspector in San Diego has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for accepting cash and the use of luxury vehicles in exchange for allowing people to enter the country illegally.

The U.S. attorney's office said Monday that 45-year-old Hector Rodriguez also forfeited a 2009 Jaguar, 12 luxury watches, other jewelry, televisions, cash and computers that were obtained as a result of his criminal activity.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty in March to bribery, bringing in aliens for financial gain and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the former Customs and Border Protection officer provided his lane assignment to conspirators when he was working at the San Ysidro port of entry, connecting Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego.

Rodriguez was arrested in July 2012.

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