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$100,000 smuggling scheme: US Customs officer from Diamond Bar arrested



Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection line up in the International Arrivals terminal of Newark International Airport Aug. 24, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey.
Officers with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection line up in the International Arrivals terminal of Newark International Airport Aug. 24, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey.
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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer from Diamond Bar is facing charges of bribery and fraud. Federal prosecutors say Sam Allen accepted bribes from his ex-wife and others as part of a scheme to smuggle goods into the U.S. from China.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox says Allen falsely claimed the goods were exported to Mexico, so his ex-wife could avoid paying taxes and duties.

“Allegedly Mr. Allen’s ex-wife was paying him $2,000 per shipment — and that Mr. Allen received over $100,000 as a result of this scheme.”

Federal agents arrested Allen early Thursday morning. He was scheduled to appear in court at 2 p.m. His ex-wife was arrested last year and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Allen also faces charges that he lied to federal investigators about discussing a cocaine smuggling scheme.