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USVI man bribes public official in bid to smuggle illegal aliens into US

- facing 15 years in prison after pleading guilty
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, between July 2015 and December 2015, Mr Miguel Rodriguez Ramirez bribed an undercover public official by paying the undercover public official to smuggle illegal aliens into the United States. Mr Ramirez paid the undercover public official a total of $12,080 to shepherd the illegal aliens through customs at the Cyril E. King Airport. Photo: Internet Source
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI — On Friday February 12, 2016, Miguel Rodriguez Ramirez, 45, pleaded guilty in the USVI District Court to bribery of a public official, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced via press release.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, between July 2015 and December 2015, Mr Ramirez bribed an undercover public official by paying the undercover public official to smuggle illegal aliens into the United States. Mr Ramirez paid the undercover public official a total of $12,080 to shepherd the illegal aliens through customs at the Cyril E. King Airport.

District Judge Curtis V. Gomez continued Mr Ramirez’s status in official detention. A sentencing date has been set for June 16, 2016.

Mr Ramirez faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is the result of investigative work by Customs and Border Protection Office of Internal Affairs, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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