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A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and an accomplice were sentenced Thursday in Los Angeles to federal prison terms for bribing government workers to obtain green cards and citizenship for immigrants.

George Wu, 62, of Pico Rivera, was sentenced to 37 months behind bars, ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release after he completes his prison time, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Wu was convicted in August of conspiracy and five counts of bribery of a public official. He was a CBP officer until 2012, then opened Great Eastern Immigration Services and worked as an immigration consultant, prosecutors said.

Wu and another consultant, Michael Bui, would solicit money from immigrants looking to obtain green cards or citizenship, and some of the money was used to bribe public officials, according to prosecutors.

Evidence presented during Wu’s seven-day trial revealed the scam involved at least seven immigrants, including one woman who was allowed to pass an English proficiency exam even though she couldn’t speak English.

Bui, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and bribery, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald to a year in federal prison, fined $22,000 and ordered to serve three years of supervised release.

—City News Service

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