AUSTIN (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. legally.
Former Jarrell (JEHR'-uhl) police Chief Andres Tomas Gutierrez pleaded guilty Friday to wire fraud/theft of honest services. A federal judge in Austin allowed Gutierrez to remain free on bond pending sentencing.
Gutierrez last fall resigned 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 Gutierrez since 2011 solicited and accepted up to $40,000 in bribes from people in the U.S. illegally. Gutierrez claimed he would recommend them for an immigration status reserved for people who help law officers.
Gutierrez just kept the money.
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