Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Senior Federal Attorney Convicted of Bribery

In recent weeks, we have written about lying judges, disbarred prosecutors, disgraced FBI agents and other scoundrels of the Rove Republican Racket.

But yesterday, a jury in Southern California convicted one of the most despicable dregs of humanity, a Senior Attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for taking bribes and preying on immigrants.

The San Bernardino Sun reports:
A federal jury today convicted a ... senior attorney with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of taking bribes from immigrants seeking documentation to remain in the U.S. Constantine Peter Kallas, 39, who joined the federal agency in June 1998 as its assistant chief counsel, faces a maximum of 256 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 9. Kallas has been in a federal jail since August 2008. He was arrested in June that year during a federal sting operation at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino near Highland, where he took a $20,000 bribe from an immigrant in exchange for helping the immigrant obtain residency and get a deportation order quashed, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond O. Aghaian. In November 2009, Kallas's 41-year-old wife and co-conspirator, Maria Kallas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, defrauding the U.S. and bribery. She is scheduled for sentencing in June and faces at least 25 years in federal prison, Aghaian said.