Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Lawyer Admits Federal Agents Took Bribes to Cook Books on Immigration Cases

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.

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Sirdirkfan
Sirdirkfan
3 months ago

Money is the root of all evil keeps bobbing its head yelling how true it is!
AG Barr should’ve drilled through ICE already – stands to reason he knew since we’re just now finding out about it – plenty of vacancies with those KGB governors of the Democrat Party releasing all those prisoners b/c of their ‘health’ (another big joke going on right now now in 2nd place with stinking corrupt ICE taking the top roosting spot.)

Frank W Brown
Frank W Brown
3 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

Love of money is the ROOT of all evil!

Barbara
Barbara
3 months ago
Reply to  Frank W Brown

NO money is the tool used to the evil of greed and power. If it was love of money then it would be spent.

Barbara
Barbara
3 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

NO money is the tool used to the evil of greed and power. If it was love of money then it would not be spent.

gerald serlin
3 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

The correct quote is as stated by Frank.

Donald Pugh Sr
Donald Pugh Sr
3 months ago
Reply to  gerald serlin

Thank you.

A. D Roberts
2 months ago
Reply to  Barbara

I just want them to tell me the names of those corrupt government agents and which prisons they are now in.

brenda
3 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

Daniel from TN
Daniel from TN
3 months ago
Reply to  Sirdirkfan

Barr probably knew about it for a long time before the arrest, but there’s a big difference between what you know and what you can prove. It takes time to complete an investigation, which MUST be completed BEFORE an arrest and prosecution can occur.

Ollie Octopus
Ollie Octopus
3 months ago

What else is new? I don’t trust the news media and politicians even less. Most cops are ok, but you always have a rotten apple like this guy.

Eddie Price
3 months ago

Why were the names of the Ice and FBI agents withheld?? They were part of the bribe!! Certainly should have been included!

Deport Deport
Deport Deport
3 months ago
Reply to  Eddie Price

Not only that, why no word on what is happening to those agents. Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall reading that they were arrested, or anything else.

Dan
Dan
3 months ago
Reply to  Eddie Price

On going investigation. May found out later when the investigation is over or indictments are handed down by the grand jury.

Ric Parks
Ric Parks
3 months ago
Reply to  Eddie Price

Exactly what I was just about to post. That seems to be the logical “rest of the story” that this lame article failed to report.

Rolf Muller
Rolf Muller
3 months ago

The Untouchable FBI, HLS, and the liberal pols in CA seemed to have screwed the pouch, God forbid we should forget to claim a $20 tip on our taxes. We need a re-do in this country, Just look how both parties react to Trump who is an honest as the day is long – that’s why they all hate him, What the FBI did to General Flynn is downright shameful and Comey, McCabe, Brennan and Clapper all belong behind bars until they die for destroying their once great agencies. This makes me sick

Don
Don
3 months ago
Reply to  Rolf Muller

AND I’d have to include about half of governments top to bottom, but all we get is talk from the DOJ for years.

Carl Peal
Carl Peal
3 months ago

While I didn’t read of the names of Federal personnel involved, I rather suspect that since this attorney is busted, then the crooked Feds are busted as well. If not, don’t be surprised to hear about it soon. Sooner or later they will all pay. JMO

DetroitDom
DetroitDom
3 months ago

When WE THE PEOPLE start hanging criminals that steal more than 10K of our tax dollars, the crap will end.

Until people face serious punishments and are held accountable, this stuff will continue.

Don
Don
3 months ago
Reply to  DetroitDom

Been saying that for years. All they do anymore is put criminals in jail which costs us more money and most of them get out with parole to repeat…..or on stupid justifications like the COVID-19. The whole legal system is just as corrupt.

Moe
3 months ago

Obama comments;” I am proud there were no scandals in my administration or agencies.” He president Ed over the secret and corrupt administration in history based upon pure evil.He created a fifth column, a deep state to continue his new world order wet dream.
Fast and furious, Holder still in contempt of Congress
Benghazi no pleas for help answered
IRS leaner destroy evidence retires with full pension
EPA destruction of two major waterways, records lost
Uranium one deal signed Russian businessmen put 140 million into Clinton foundation
Clinton destroys 30,000 government subpoenaed emails tied to pay to play, no indictments the DOJ under Lynch uses the corrupt FBI under Comey to cover up
The fake Steele Dossier used by dishonest Mueller investigation, two years bullshit
Obama’s executive order as to what t do if new President is removed
Over 150 billion in foreign cash secretly flown into Iran on pallets for lunatic nuclear deal
Spygate, fraudulent Steel Dossier used to spy on presidential candidate to favor opposing candidate.
The most non-transparent administration in history fires up racial hatred in Michael Brown case and later in Baltimore bu sending in leftest civil rights DOJ lawyers.
The collapse of northern Iraq by Isis after the hasty withdraw of us tropps with no security force left behind.
Despite all the lies and corruption our propaganda news and press cover ups and ignores questions proving corruption and lies.
Yup the most corrupt and evil administration in history must be worshipped say the House majority Democratic Socialist Workers Party, but at all cost we must destroy a Trump so the loads of lying nitwits in the House take power.

Mikey
Mikey
3 months ago
Reply to  Moe

If Obama ran a scandal free administration then Harvey Weinstein is Snow White.

Don
Don
3 months ago
Reply to  Mikey

Agreed his was nothing but corruption and we had to pay for it.

Mikey
Mikey
3 months ago

Gather ‘em all up and deport ‘em…

Clyde
Clyde
3 months ago

This is the result when the upper echelon of our gov’t constantly gets away with illicit acts. The grunt workers know what they are doing and they want a piece of the pie as well. These pawns need to be taken down and investigations need to be done on department heads. Trust me this is more contagious than the ChinaVirus. It is time we take back this Country. Our votes will be the deciding factor in what direction we take this Country into for the next couple of decades. Just look what the left has done to a highly decorated, loyal patriot to General Michael Flynn. If the left can do what they have done to this President and his administration i.e. General Flynn and continue to have any majority just imagine what they can do to you, me, our loved ones. It’s Time To Wake Up. #Trump2020

Leftshot
3 months ago

“$45,000 in cash and at least $32,000 in checks”
You said a total of $250,000. Where did the rest go?

Scotty
Scotty
3 months ago

A crooked lawyer paid off a corrupt government official!!! Say it ain’t so!
Vote Trump again. Let’s drain more of the swamp!

Philip B.R. Gallanders
Philip B.R. Gallanders
3 months ago

So, what is the result for the FBI agent accepting monthly bribes from the convicted felon?
Any charges filed?
Any names released?
Is this corrupt agent still on the job?
Is this corrupt agent still under FBI protection, like Comey and Strzck and McCabe?

Mike Blazek
Mike Blazek
3 months ago

If the next election is going to be mail in votes only, we are in for one of the biggest election frauds in the history of the USA.

Janis
Janis
3 months ago

It States this took place 2015-2017. 2015 and 2016 were entirely under Obama. Would like to know when in 2017 it all stopped, and why. Did the new Trump Administration scare them “straight” or did the new Administration actually discover this and shut it all down? It is pretty obvious they had little to no fear under the feckless Obama Administration. After all, starting in 2015, the higher ups in the FBI and DOJ were too busy setting up General Flynn, George Papadopolous, Carter Page and the Trump campaign.

JohnL
JohnL
3 months ago

I didn’t see where it mentioned the fate of these Government employees! Hopefully they will enjoy a long vacation at The Colorado Supermax!

Ric Parks
Ric Parks
3 months ago
Reply to  JohnL

Unfortunately, my friend, I have seen Federal and white collar prison inmates at Maxwell AFB when I was on active duty. They don’t give much of an outward appearance of being prisoners. No orange jumpsuits or stripes. They do things like mow lawns, take leaves and pick up the litter. No chains. Few guards and dormitory-like confinement. Federal Hilton is what I call it. Stay well!

Ric Parks
Ric Parks
3 months ago
Reply to  Ric Parks

Should be RAKE LEAVES. Beware of Samsung!

Ric Parks
Ric Parks
3 months ago
Reply to  Ric Parks

Should be RAKE LEAVES. Beware of Samsung changing words!

Andrew
3 months ago

This man needs to go to prison for minimum of 20 years. His pension from Federal government revoked. All benefits he receives from the government clawbacked. He needs all money he recieved and assets taken. Any assets his family received from his illegal activities must be surrendered or they will be also charged with accepting illegal funds and assets. There needs to be a punishment that is severe enough that others will think twice about committing these criminal activities out of greed. He will not only lose but his family members who may have profited from these ill gotten gains as well.

Daniel from TN
Daniel from TN
3 months ago

The $45,000 and $32,000 were paid just to ONE agent: The lawyer probably paid off other agents as well.

Ric Parks
Ric Parks
3 months ago
Reply to  Daniel from TN

Or sent it to Pelosi’s campaign. She wants the whole world to come to America, you know.

Gary
Gary
3 months ago

WHAT about the Feds who TOOK the payoffs???? I want to hear about THEM being prosecuted too! Stop it at both ends or it will continue.

Donald Pugh Sr
Donald Pugh Sr
3 months ago

This is a pos article. Were the bribe takers undercover or are they to be brought to justice as well? We all know that elements of the FBI and other Gov. intell and law enforcement agencies have been crooked going back to Clinton.

Walkin O'Shea
3 months ago

Let’s root out the offenders and get back to work. Like the FBI, ICE doesn’t need any bad actors. It damages their reputations. We have to have faith in some things.

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