- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former immigration officer who took bribes from Cambodian immigrants has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison.

Billy Nelms Sr. of Los Angeles was sentenced Monday.

Nelms was an immigration officer in Santa Ana. Federal prosecutors say that between 2005 and 2008, Nelms provided documents giving temporary legal status or other benefits to Cambodians who were in the country without legal status.

Authorities say they paid Nelms as much as $5,000 in cash.

Nelms was convicted in August of charges that included conspiracy to commit bribery and witness tampering.

His wife, Sokhon Nelms, was convicted of conspiracy and witness tampering and awaits sentencing.

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