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Miami Immigration Officer Charged With Taking Bribe

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    A newly sworn in United States citizen holds her paperwork during a naturalization ceremony put on by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Biscayne National Park on February 17, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.

    A Florida immigration officer has been charged with taking a bribe from a woman he accused of using a fake marriage to gain U.S. residency.

    Federal court documents filed Thursday in Miami show 34-year-old Jovany Perez is charged with receiving a bribe while a public official. Perez is an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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    A complaint charges Perez offered to help the woman but not in his office. They met in a restaurant parking lot, where the complaint says Perez fondled her and suggested they have sex. She refused.

    Investigators say Perez then said he could fix things for $2,000. The woman contacted authorities and Perez was arrested at a later meeting after taking the money.

    Perez's attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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