Former Government Lawyer Gets 17 Years In Immigration Case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for taking bribes and filing false papers for immigrants seeking to remain legally in the United States.

Constantine Peter Kallas was sentenced Monday during a closed hearing in Los Angeles federal court. He was also ordered to pay $296,000 in restitution.

The 40-year-old former assistant chief counsel for ICE was convicted last year of 36 counts ranging from conspiracy to bribery to fraud.

Prosecutors say Kallas and his wife took bribes from immigrants and filed false employment paperwork to help them get green cards. Kallas was arrested in 2008.

Kallas’ wife, Maria, pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy, bribery and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Her sentencing is set for May 2.

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  • swhitS

    So when do we go after the gov for the same thing?

  • David Sheppard

    How about when their fines are paid,they repay the taxpers fro their room and board while the are paying the fines, then deport them to Tierra Del Fuego.

  • Joe

    what about the illegals deport them too

  • Saber 1

    You gotta love it, bilking ILLEGAL ALIENS out of money. $uckers, easy mark. Now send them packing.

  • roy

    everybody in this country is illegal unless you have pure indian blood, so if you do not have any idea of what people have been lived pls. keep your mouth close…

    we are all the same, and i hope Good Bless those people…

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