Couple Arrested for Bribery of Homeland Security Agent
Orlando, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the arrests of Marin Mutafov Christo (70, Orlando) and Anu Christo (39, Orlando) for bribery of a public official. If convicted, they each face a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison.
According to the criminal complaint, Anu Christo is an alien of the United States, who was ordered by an Immigration Judge to voluntarily depart the United States in November 2011. In August 2011, Marin Mutafov Christo contacted an agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) about his wife's immigration situation. After some telephone calls and meetings, Marin and Anu Christo offered to pay the HSI agent $10,000 in cash to assist Anu Christo in staying in the United States after her November 2011 scheduled departure date. Acting in an undercover capacity, the HSI agent received a $5,000 cash payment from Marin Christo on September 20, 2011. Both Marin and Anu made a second cash payment of $5,000 to the undercover HSI agent on October 26, 2011. Afterwards, they were arrested.
A criminal complaint is merely a charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Office of Professional Responsibility. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.