DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe             CELL: (409) 553-9881 DIRECT: (409) 981-7902

 

FORMER CUSTOMS OFFICER SENTENCED FOR PUBLIC CORRUPTION

            BEAUMONT, Texas – A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer, assigned to Port Arthur, Texas has been sentenced for public corruption violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

            Tyrus Kidd, 39, of Beaumont, pleaded guilty on Jan. 4, 2010, to accepting an illegal gratuity and was sentenced to three years probation today by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.  Kidd was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and complete 150 hours of community service.

            According to information presented in court, on Aug. 23, 2009, Kidd demanded and received illegal gratuities in the form of cartons of cigarettes from the Captain of the Motor Vessel Chaconia while conducting an inspection of the vessel.  Kidd was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 9, 2009, and arrested by Special Agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Internal Affairs.

            This case was investigated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Internal Affairs, Houston Field Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David H. Henderson, Jr.

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