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U.S. Border Inspector Charged With Taking Bribes, Latest in Alarming Trend for Agency

July 14th 2012   ·   0 Comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. border inspector in San Diego has been charged with accepting bribes from motorists who drove people into the country illegally.

The U.S. attorney’s office said 45-year-old Hector Rodriguez was arrested Friday while on duty at San Diego’s San Ysidro port of entry. He is accused of allowing two accomplices to drive by his booth with suspected illegal immigrants in their cars.

Prosecutors say he told the drivers — Gerardo Rodriguez and Vanessa Moya — his work schedule and assigned lane, then allowed them to drive through without inspection. The alleged accomplices were also arrested and charged Friday.

The three defendants make initial court appearances Monday.

Criminal indictments against Customs and Border Protection employees have increased each of the last four years to 60 in fiscal 2011.

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