Former U.S. Immigration Attorney Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Immigration Scandal

Posted By Criminal Defense || 5-Apr-2011

Constantine Peter Kallas, a former U.S. immigration attorney, was recently sentenced to 17 years in prison after being found guilty of accepting cash bribes in exchange for letting illegal immigrants stay in the country.  For a period of five years, Kallas and his wife, Maria, scammed illegal immigrants by telling them that Kallas was an immigration official.  They accepted bribery payments totaling at least $425,854.

Kallas was convicted of 36 charges including: conspiracy, six counts of bribery, two counts of obstruction of justice, seven counts of fraud and misuse of entry documents, three counts of aggravated identity theft, nine counts of making false statements to the Department of Labor, four counts of making false statements to obtain federal employee compensation and four counts of tax evasion.

Along with his 17-year prison sentence, Kallas has been ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in restitution after receiving worker's compensation fraudulently.  Maria Kallas has pled guilty to the charges against her and will be sentenced May 2.

If you, or someone you know has been charged with Conspiracy, Bribery, Obstruction of Justice, Fraud and Misuse of Entry Documents, Aggravated Identity Theft, Making False Statements to the Department of Labor, Making False Statements to Obtain Federal Employee Compensation, Tax Evasion or any other White Collar Crime, contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney, Robert M. Bernstein, for a free consultation today.

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