Ex-federal agent pleads guilty in immigration scandal

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Detroit – A former federal agent pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges Friday for his role in a pay-to-stay immigration scheme.

Ex-U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Clifton Divers, 49, of Detroit, entered the plea in front of U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn.

Divers admitted conspiring with Birmingham attorney Charles Busse between 2013 and 2015 to obtain deportation deferrals and other immigration benefits for the lawyer’s clients.

He faces up to four years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

Divers was charged in October 2016 and accused of pocketing more than $5,000 and free legal services.

Busse, meanwhile, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison in May after reaching a plea deal.

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