A federal deportation officer has been charged with shaking down six undocumented immigrants for cash or sex — and impregnating one of them — in exchange for working papers and other protection, NBC News reported.
Arnaldo Echevarria, 37, who no longer works for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was previously charged with harboring an undocumented immigrant for setting up his girlfriend with a job under an alias at his New Jersey hair salon, prosecutors said.
On Monday, a grand jury returned an indictment against Echevarria with the new allegations that he demanded and pocketed $78,000 in bribes from other immigrants in exchange for hiding the fact that they were in the country illegally, authorities said.
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A lawyer for Echevarria, Michael Korbanics, declined to comment on the specifics of the indictment but said, 'We're ready to establish a vigorous defense of the allegations."