Florida immigration officer gets 4 years for taking bribe

Posted at 4:02 AM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 00:04:47-04

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida immigration officer has been sentenced to four years in prison for taking a bribe from a woman he accused of using a fake marriage to gain U.S. residency.

Federal court records show 34-year-old Jovany Perez was sentenced in Miami last week. He pleaded guilty in July to receiving a bribe while a public official.

Perez was working as a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer in April when he determined a woman he was interviewing was lying about her marriage. Perez offered to help the woman but not in his office. They met in a restaurant parking lot, where authorities say Perez fondled her and suggested they have sex. She refused.

Investigators say Perez then said he could fix things for $2,000. The woman contacted authorities, and Perez was arrested at a later meeting after taking the money.

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