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AP Wire | 05/20/2004 | Miami immigration worker accused of taking bribes

AP Wire | 05/20/2004 | Miami immigration worker accused of taking bribes

Posted on Thu, May. 20, 2004





Miami immigration worker accused of taking bribes

Associated Press


MIAMI - A federal immigration worker provided forged documentation stamps and passports to ineligible illegal aliens in return for cash bribes, according to a grand jury indictment released Thursday.

Gudiela Sibori, an employee of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, accepted $7,900 for seven forged Alien Documentation Identification Telecommunication stamps purchased by a government informant, the indictment said.

The stamps are placed on an immigrant's passport when they arrive in the United States and are temporary proof of lawful permanent residence. The stamps allow its bearer to get a driver's license and Social Security card.

Sibori also is accused of providing altered, forged passports that contained the stamps to illegal aliens who were ineligible to receive them, an affidavit filed May 7 said.

She was in custody on Thursday, but it was not known when she was arrested, if she had been issued bond or if she has a lawyer.

Sibori faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of taking bribes in return for the stamps, and 20 years in prison if convicted of providing and misusing the passports.

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