U.S. immigration agents in bribery scheme

A former official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who went on to operate an immigration consulting service, has been found guilty of participating in a scheme to pay bribes to current government employees to obtain green cards and citizenship for immigrants.

The convicted man is George Wu, 62, of Pico Rivera, California, who worked as a border protection officer until early 2012, and then operated Great Eastern Immigration Services. He was found guilty Thursday of paying bribes in an effort to obtain citizenship and legal permanent resident status for several immigrants.

Wu, another immigration consultant named Michael Bui and others solicited money from immigrants in exchange for help in obtaining benefits from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that included lawful permanent residence and citizenship. Some of the money paid by the immigrants was used to pay bribes to public officials in exchange for granting immigration benefits, said the government.

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