Inspector Took Bribes for Immigrants
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.