Border Patrol Imposter Sentenced for Fraud Scheme
McALLEN, Texas – A legal
permanent resident from Cuba who resided in Mission has been sentenced to
federal prison for impersonating an officer of the United States, announced
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Eugene Agustin Munoz-Canellas, 55, pleaded
guilty Nov. 16, 2016.
Today, U.S. District Judge
Randy Crane sentenced Munoz-Canellas to 18 months in federal prison. Not a U.S.
citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following his release.
In handing down the sentence, Judge Crane considered the defendant’s extensive
criminal history of theft and fraud and noted the need to impose a sentence
that protected the community and promoted respect for the law.
From July 2015 to Sept. 23,
2016, Munoz falsely claimed to be an U.S. Border Patrol agent. Using that
position, Munoz illegally solicited bribe payments from multiple individuals
seeking legal status in the United States.
Munoz-Canellas has been and
will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to
be determined in the near future.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen
Rees prosecuted the case.
Nina Pruneda, Public Affairs Officer
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE)