Southern California immigration lawyer facing bribery sentence

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney is facing more than 29 years in federal prison for taking bribes.

Prosecutors plan to ask a Los Angeles judge Monday to sentence Constantine Kallas to 353 months in federal prison.

Kallas was convicted in April of 36 counts ranging from conspiracy to obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say the 40-year-old Alta Loma man and his wife took bribes from dozens of illegal immigrants and legal residents to file government petitions falsely stating they had been offered jobs.

Authorities say they banked at least $950,000 before their arrests in 2008.

Kallas's wife, Maria, pleaded guilty last year and will be sentenced next month.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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