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|TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010||PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER|
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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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