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Homeland Security Attorney Guilty In Bribery Scandal

Homeland Security Attorney Guilty In Bribery Scandal
Last Updated: Wed, 04/21/2010 - 1:59pm

A senior attorney at the Homeland Security agency that enforces immigration laws and protects the U.S. against terrorist attacks has been convicted of three dozen corruption-related charges for posing as an immigration judge and accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from illegal aliens.

The assistant chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Constantine Kallas) had already been indicted by a grand jury with 75 counts, including bribery, money laundering, federal worker’s compensation fraud and a series of other serious crimes related to accepting hefty cash bribes from dozens of foreigners seeking documents to stay in the U.S.

This week a federal jury in Los Angeles 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. The disgraced government official faces hundreds of years in prison.

Kallas accepted bribes of as much as $20,000 in exchange for helping illegal immigrants who were often in the midst of deportation proceedings. He even took a $7,000 bribe from his housekeeper and got a smuggling case against her daughter dismissed. The crooked official also set up two fake companies and filed false employment petitions with the federal government for dozens of illegal immigrants.

When federal agents searched his home they found a hidden floor safe with nearly $200,000 in cash and dozens of official immigration files. They also found a ledger with the names of more than 60 illegal immigrants and the amount they had paid to remain in the U.S. “legally.”

Similar internal corruption has infested other Homeland Security agencies responsible for protecting the nation against foreign threats in the last few years. However, the problem has been most rampant on the front lines rather than the corporate offices like in this case.

Corruption is so widespread among federal officers guarding the U.S.-Mexico border that the government created an internal web site devoted to recently convicted border agents. Dozens of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have been bribed with cash and attractive women to assure the safe passage of truckloads of illegal immigrants, drugs and other contraband into the U.S.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2010/apr/ice-attorney-guil...

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Enforces immigration laws?

Enforces immigration laws? Since when? If our immigration laws were enforced, the State of Arizona wouldn't have to do that job.

Protecting us from terrorist attacks? Don't make me laugh. These clowns are more interested in spying on the American people or gawking at naked passengers at the airports.

Homeland security begins with the Second Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights. Washington is a greater threat to our Rights than the Middle Eastern terrorists.

I lived inMexico for about 5 years and heard all the talk about

how corrupt their public officals are. The greatest thing about their corruption is that it is CHEAP. You can bribe a cop for 50~100 pesos, here it takes thousands of dollars for the same bribe. Why some sheeple think our officals are trust worthy is beyond me. I have known many ex border patrol agents that live very well due to their looking the other way at crossings.

It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people that pay no price for being wrong.
Thomas Sowell

Here we defer our

Here we defer our bribes...

Vote for my bill, and if you lose re-election, my corporation will donate a million bucks to (insert charity name here) on the condition that you get hired to run it for six figures.

Non-profit is absolute evil.

I am out of touch with most Americans precisely because I am not out of touch with reality.