AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An ex-Central Texas police chief faces up to 20 years in prison for taking bribes from immigrants and lying about making them tipsters so they could stay in the U.S. with legal permission.
Former Jarrell police Chief Andres Tomas Gutierrez pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud/theft of honest services. A federal judge in Austin allowed him to remain free pending sentencing.
Gutierrez resigned last fall as police chief in Jarrell, a town of about 1,000, saying he wanted to pursue other law enforcement opportunities and advance his education.
Investigators say since 2011, Gutierrez solicited and accepted up to $40,000 in bribes from people who were living in the U.S. without legal permission. Gutierrez claimed he would recommend them for an immigration status reserved for those who help officers.
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