An Oregon man has pleaded guilty after attempting to bribe an ICE agent to deport his wife and daughter.
The agent played along just long enough to gather evidence against the would-be-bachelor.
Sacramento Bee has more:
Antonio Oswaldo Burgos sponsored the woman for entry into the United States from her native El Salvador so that they could get married, according to his plea agreement in federal court.
But when the relationship deteriorated earlier this year, Burgos, 48, hatched a plan — and tried to enlist an ICE agent’s help to get rid of his problem, he now admits.
He pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribing a public official, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon. He followed the ICE agent’s vehicle from Portland to Vancouver, Washington, on May 24, while he and his wife were locked in divorce proceedings, and offered the agent $3,000 to have her and her daughter deported, the release states.
The agent played along with Burgos’ scheme and set up another phone call, and then another meeting with Burgos, according to court records. By the June 6 meeting, Burgos had agreed to increase his offer to $4,000 — $2,000 payable at the meeting, with another $2,000 to follow after the woman and her daughter had been removed from the country, according to his plea agreement.