Former border agent sentenced for taking bribes

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominic Lanza said the case was “one of the most serious” Border Patrol corruption cases “in a long time.”

“This is such serious misconduct, such tarnishing of the oath,” Lanza said in asking Rosenblatt to sentence Herrera-Chiang to 15 years in prison.—AZCentral


PHOENIX, Nov. 6 (UPI) — A U.S. judge in Phoenix Wednesday sentenced former Border Patrol agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang to 15 years in prison for taking bribes to help drug smugglers.

Herrera-Chiang pleaded guilty in April to four felony bribery counts for taking money in exchange for information on border security enforcement, including the combination to locks on U.S.-Mexico border crossing gates, The Arizona Republic reported.

U.S. District Judge Paul Rosenblatt told Herrera-Chiang during sentencing that the ex-border agent had “done about the worst thing a law-enforcement agent could do, especially a Border Patrol agent.”

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