Man sentenced to prison for trying to bribe ICE officer to deport his wife

Man sentenced to prison for trying to bribe ICE officer to deport his wife

A man was reportedly sentenced to four months in prison on Monday after he tried to bribe an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer to deport his wife. 

Antonio Oswaldo Burgos, 48, followed an officer leaving the ICE office in Portland, Ore. and offered money to deport his wife, according to The Washington Post, which added that the officer did not accept the bribe and reported Burgos to the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility. 

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Burgos reportedly accepted a plea deal in the fall, and on Monday was handed the four-month sentence followed by three years of supervised release. He had been charged with bribery of a public official, the Post reported, citing the Justice Department. 

Court documents said that as part of an investigation, the unidentified ICE officer arranged to meet Burgos, according to the newspaper. Burgos gave the officer $2,000 and offered him $2,000 more if his wife and her child were deported, authorities said. 

Burgos and his wife were reportedly planning to get a divorce. 

"We rely upon our officers to perform their duties with integrity," Brad Bench, a special agent in charge of the Seattle office of Homeland Security Investigations, told NBC News in a statement last year. "This case should send a strong message that those who attempt to coerce a public official will be punished."