Monday, May 3, 2010

Jury Convicts Immigration Attorney of Taking Bribes

I guess the fact that these Federal Employees of ours, who we are FORCED to pay high wages to, under duress and threat of imprisonment, cover their health care, pay into their pension for them, don't think it's enough.

By a MetNews Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A senior attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was found guilty yesterday of three dozen corruption-related charges for taking a series of bribes from immigrants who were seeking documentation to remain in the United States.

ICE Assistant Chief Counsel Constantine Peter Kallas, 39, of Alta Loma, was convicted by a federal jury following a three-week trial.

The jury found Kallas guilty of conspiracy, six counts of bribery, two counts of obstruction of justice, seven counts of fraud and misuse of entry documents, three counts of aggravated identity theft, nine counts of making false statements to the Department of Labor, four counts of making false statements to obtain federal employee compensation, and four counts of tax evasion.

“Mr. Kallas was a corrupt government official who abused his position of trust to line his own pockets,” U.S. Attorney AndrĂ© Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California said. “This case should serve as a warning to any public official who might consider trading a quick buck for illegal acts that making this trade could send them to prison.”

Kallas has been in a federal jail since August 2008, about two months after he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, where he and his wife, Maria, allegedly accepted a bribe from an immigrant. The June 2008 bribe was said to be the last in a series of incidents in which Kallas and his wife told illegal aliens that Kallas was an immigration official and could obtain immigration benefits in exchange for bribes of up to $20,000. FULL STORY

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