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Ex-police chief sentenced for taking bribes

November 21, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An ex-Central Texas police chief has been sentenced to 4½ years in federal prison after pleading he admitted to taking bribes from immigrants to fraudulently obtain legal permission for them to stay in the United States.

Andres Tomas Gutierrez was sentenced in federal court in Austin on Friday after pleading guilty in February to wire fraud and theft of honest services. He admitted that, as police chief of the town of Jarrell, he sought and received cash bribes of $10,000 to $40,000 from several immigrants in the United States illegally. In return, he falsely reported that the immigrants were tipsters in ongoing probes into narcotics and human trafficking.

The 52-year-old former lawman could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.

Jarrell is 40 miles north of Austin.

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