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Inspector Took Bribes for Immigrants

April 23, 2004

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A federal inspector at Newark Liberty International Airport pleaded guilty Friday to taking a $4,000 bribe to help smuggle nearly 200 immigrants from India into the United States.

Terence Walden, 35, admitted taking part in a scheme to whisk the immigrants past customs officials.

Walden, a senior inspector with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, said he split the 1993 payoff with another inspector, now awaiting trial.

``I don’t think it’s lost on anyone the serious security issues raised in this corruption scheme among a small group of individuals tasked with guarding our borders,″ U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said.

Walden could get up to 15 years in prison at sentencing Aug. 9.

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