3 illegal immigrants sentenced to time served in bribery case

January 04, 2008|By Matthew Dolan

Three illegal immigrants from South Asia were sentenced yesterday to time served in prison for their attempts to bribe a government official and receive green cards illegally.

Mohammad Akaram Khan and Hasar Ahmad, both originally from Pakistan, and Muhammad Razzaq Butt, originally from India, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and were sentenced the 106 days they have served and three years of supervised release. The men, who have been living in Maryland, were immediately turned over to federal immigration officials for deportation proceedings, prosecutors said.

According to court papers, the men separately paid a government informer tens of thousands of dollars between August and October to bribe a government official to get green cards for legal admission to the United States.

The case is part of a federal sting announced in September that resulted in charges against 39 people, including several Pakistani operators of convenience stores on Maryland's Eastern Shore, who are suspected of trying to bribe public officials and running unlicensed money-transferring businesses that dispatched cash for illegal activities around the world.

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