Tuesday, February 17, 2009
ICE Official Sentenced To 7-1/2 Years For Accepting Bribes
Gerardo Chavez, 46, of Clifton, Virginia, and a former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official, was sentenced to 90 months in prison for accepting $172,000 in bribes from a Venezuelan armored car company in exchange for a $2.8 million contract. Chavez, who had served as deputy assistant director of international operations, steered the contract to Blindajes Del Caribe of Caracas, also known as Blincar, which manufactures 4-wheel drive armored cars. Chavez reportedly used the money to make home improvements, buy land in California and a 2006 Hummer.
Read the DOJ announcement on his guilty plea here.