An immigration official has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for taking thousands of dollars and at least 200 egg rolls in bribes from illegal immigrants seeking citizenship or permanent resident status.
Mai Nhu Nguyen, 48, of Irvine, Calif., worked for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Nguyen solicited and took bribes from Vietnamese immigrants from 2011 through June 2013. The egg rolls were part of a $1,000 bribe from an immigrant seeking a Green Card, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Nguyen is “on leave” from his job at USCIS, according to the press release, where he has worked for the past eight years. In his capacity as an immigration service officer, he had the power to approve or deny applications for citizenship and various other benefits.
This case comes in the wake of a joint investigation by the the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.