United States: Homeland Security agent took bribes from organized crime, prosecutors charge

A former agent in the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security was arrested Tuesday on charges he took at least $122,000 in bribes from an organized crime figure in return for help evading authorities.

Felix Cisneros Jr., 46, used his access to highly restricted law-enforcement databases to provide inside information on investigations to the crime figure, who paid him off in 2015 and 2016, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Tuesday.

Cisneros also tried to get one of the crime figure’s relatives admitted into the U.S. from Armenia, and he removed information about a German citizen with a criminal record from a U.S. government database to assist his attempts to enter the country, prosecutors say.

At the time, Cisneros was a Homeland Security Investigations agent who worked on narcotics, money laundering and human trafficking cases.

The original full article can be found at latimes.com

(Photo: Associated Press)


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