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Customs Official Off To Prison For Taking Bribes From Immigrants

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Munster, Ind., man, who used his position as a federal customs official and accepted bribes from immigrants wanting to stay in this country longer, is on his way to prison.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, William Mann, 51, was sentenced Tuesday to 3 years and 10 months in prison.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

Mann was the supervisor for federal customs at Midway International Airport, and had access to immigrants who wanted to stay.

Mann has admitted he took $28,000 dollars in bribes from those who worked for now-closed restaurants in Chicago and Downers Grove.

In turn, he altered databases and provided false documents so it would appear the immigrants and their relatives were eligible to stay here for one more year.

U.S. District Judge Blanche Manning on Tuesday ordered Mann to begin serving his sentence on Oct. 28.

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