Man Faces 15 Years in Prison for Bribing ICE Officer to Deport Wife, Stepson

A Portland man pleaded guilty this week to bribery of an immigration officer after offering him $3,000 to deport his wife to El Salvador.

Antonio Oswaldo Burgos, 48, met the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officer in a parking lot and followed him to his office, where he offered to pay the officer to deport his wife, whom he was in the process of divorcing.

The officer declined, but later called Burgos on a wired phone line. During that call, Burgos offered to pay $3,000 to remove his wife from the U.S. In a follow-up meeting on June, Burgos offered to pay the ICE officer $4,000 to deport both his wife and her minor child from a previous relationship.

Burgos was arrested on June 29.

After his guilty plea today, he 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.

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