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Ex-immigration officer gets 51 months in prison for taking bribes

A former immigration officer convicted of taking bribes from Cambodian immigrants to allow them to stay in the country has been sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison. U.S. Dist. Court Judge Andrew J. Guildford sentenced Billy Louis Nelms Sr. on Monday, saying the ex-immigration officer was a "disappointment." The judge said Nelms' actions sent the message to immigrants: "Pay the man, get the result." Jurors in August found the 54-year-old Nelms guilty of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery and defraud the United States, witness tampering and conspiracy to commit witness tampering. Nelms’ wife, Sokhon Nelms, 60, of Los Angeles, was...

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