Undercover agent will do time for kickback

July 27, 2009 at 10:56 PM

MIAMI, July 27 (UPI) -- A federal undercover agent who pleaded guilty to crimes committed when he infiltrated a Miami smuggling operation was sentenced Monday to two years in prison.

Pedro Cintron admitted to shaking down two government informants for more than $15,000 in 2004 and 2005 and to disclosing the name of a confidential informant and making false statements to authorities, The Miami Herald reported.

Cintron, a veteran Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, infiltrated an Ecuadorian-Chinese smuggling operation. His kickback scheme began in 2004, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Clark said.

Clark said Cintron demanded 10 percent cuts of ICE payments to the two informants. The payments were from smugglers who negotiated with him to bring Chinese immigrants to the United States.

Because Cintron, 53, of Weston, was eligible for retirement when he entered the plea guilty in April, he will keep his full pension and benefits as he awaits imprisonment.

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