Miguel Rodriguez Ramirez, 45, of St. Thomas pleaded guilty Friday in District Court to a charge that he bribed a public official, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, between July and December 2015, Ramirez bribed an undercover public official by paying the undercover official to smuggle illegal aliens into the United States.
Ramirez paid the undercover public official a total of $12,080 to shepherd the illegal aliens through customs at the Cyril E. King Airport, according to Sharpe.
District Judge Curtis V. Gomez continued Ramirez’s status in official detention. A sentencing date has been set for June 16.
Ramirez faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case is the result of investigative work by Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Internal Affairs, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.