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Pakistan Citizen Sentenced In Baltimore For Green Card Bribery

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison in a plot to bribe an immigration officer to get a green card.

Amjad Israr, 46, of Cheshire, a citizen of Pakistan, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Baltimore.

Israr operated several convenience stores in Connecticut, called Krauszer's.  According to his plea agreement, he entered the U.S. in 1994 using another person's Pakistani passport.

Prosecutors say in 2011, Israr and a Maryland attorney contacted a person whom the attorney said would provide immigration documents for money. Authorities say neither Israr nor his lawyer knew the person was, in fact, an undercover agent.

Officials say Israr agreed to pay the attorney $30,000 for the immigration documents. Prosecutors say Israr received a green card issued by the agent.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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