Arnaldo Echevarria, 39, of Somerset, New Jersey, was found guilty of bribery, making false statements, and harboring an illegal alien, after he was caught taking bribes in cash and sex without legal permission from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency where he worked, in return for providing migrants with legal paperwork.
The former ICE official has reportedly received at least $75,000 in cash bribes from illegal aliens in return for authorization papers. In at least one instance that the courts know of, he demanded and received sex. He also concealed his girlfriend’s legal status and gave her a job in his hair salon, while lying to ICE officials.
The two paid all employees of the hair salon in cash, to avoid letting ICE know about their employee’s immigration statuses, as well as avoiding taxes.
The Daily Mail reports:
He also was convicted of concealing his girlfriend’s immigration status and employing her in his hair salon while lying to ICE officials.
Echevarria paid his girlfriend and other employees in cash to avoid paperwork, prosecutors said.
He was given permission by ICE in December 2012 to open a hair salon in West Orange after he certified that the salon wouldn’t conflict with his job and that he wouldn’t employ people who were in the country without legal permission.
But prosecutors say he had his girlfriend, who he knew was in the country illegally, manage the shop.
Echevarria faces up to 15 years in prison and fines when he’s sentenced on June 19.
Prosecutors say he falsely stated that the people who paid him had been granted temporary protected status, which is meant to allow people from countries experiencing environmental disaster, armed conflict or other extraordinary conditions to stay in the United States.