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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Federal authorities arrested three detention officers who worked at immigration centers for allegedly selling migrant data to a local attorney for client leads. Authorities have not arrested or named any attorneys in connection with the case.
The arrests took place this week after a federal grand jury charged 42-year-old Benito Barrientez, 30-year-old Damian Ortiz, and 42-year-old Exy Adelaida Gomez with various counts of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, court documents revealed. The U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed that federal agents arrested the three suspects on Wednesday.
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The suspects worked as detention officers in two separate immigration facilities. Prosecutors allege the trio received money from a local immigration attorney in exchange for lists of detainees. The local attorney would reportedly use the lists as contact leads to offer legal services.
Court documents say the unnamed attorney paid between $200 and $500 per list. The group allegedly furnished numerous...
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