A Los Angeles area-based lawyer pled guilty to five federal offenses after dolling out $250,000 to ICE and FBI agents for “protection” and to cook the books on immigration cases.
The Daily Caller’s Jason Hopkins reports:
Edgar Sargsyan, a 39-year-old attorney with law offices in Beverly Hills, California, has agreed to plead guilty to five felony offenses, according to an ICE press release. The guilty pleas regard his involvement in a credit card bust-out scheme and hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes he gave to federal agents.
The attorney admitted to paying thousands of dollars from 2015 to 2017 to a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the investigative unit of ICE, and to an FBI agent. Sargsyan doled out at least $45,000 in cash and at least $32,000 in checks to the HSI agent for assistance with immigration matters.
Such favors included the HSI agent searching law enforcement databases to illegally obtain information that he then passed over to Sargsyan. The HSI agent also tampered with a Department of Homeland Security database to make it more likely that a foreign client of Sargsyan’s would be allowed into the United States, and the agent procured a document with an HSI letterhead in a failed attempt to allow one of Sargsyan’s relatives from Armenia into the country.
As for the FBI agent, Sargsyan has admitted to doling out monthly bribes of up to $10,000 beginning in 2015 in return for the federal agent providing him protection. The agent, who worked out of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office, provided the Southern California lawyer with running scoops on the department’s law enforcement databases, which warned him to stay away from particular individuals who were under the purview of criminal investigations.
After a meteoric rise and amassing a substantial fortune, Sargsyan is reportedly bankrupt and facing up to 50 years in prison.