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ICE official gets 7 years in bribery case

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official must serve seven years in prison for accepting kickbacks from a Venezuelan company, a court says.

Gerardo Chavez, 46, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., Friday to 90 months in prison after pleading guilty last year to accepting bribes, committing wire fraud and laundering money, The Washington Post reported.

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Prosecutors say Chavez, ICE's one-time deputy assistant director of international operations, pocketed $172,000 in kickbacks from a scheme to steer about $2.8 million in immigration department contracts for four-wheel-drive armored vehicles to Blindajes Del Caribe of Caracas, also known as Blincar.

Chavez pleaded guilty to using the cash to purchase land in California and a 2006 Hummer, as well as to finance $43,000 in renovations to his Clifton, Va., home, court documents showed.

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