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Lawyer admits to paying over $250,000 in bribes to ICE, FBI agents

A Los Angeles County-based lawyer has agreed to plead guilty to shelling out more than $250,000 in bribes to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and FBI agents over several years in return for special favors.

Edgar Sargsyan, a 39-year-old attorney with law offices in Beverly Hills, California, has agreed to plead guilty to five felony offenses, according to an ICE press release. The guilty pleas regard his involvement in a credit card bust-out scheme and hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes he gave to federal agents.

The attorney admitted to paying thousands of dollars from 2015 to 2017 to a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HS), the investigative unit of ICE, and to an FBI agent. Sargsyan doled out at least $45,000 in cash and at least $32,000 in checks to the HSI agent for assistance with immigration matters.

Such favors included the HSI agent searching law enforcement databases to illegally obtain information that he then passed over to Sargsyan. The HSI agent also tampered with a Department of Homeland Security databased to make it more likely that a foreign client of Sargsyan’s would be allowed into the U.S., and the agent procured a document with an HSI letterhead in a failed attempt to allow one of Sargsyan’s relatives from Armenia into the country.

As for the FBI agent, Sargsyan has admitted to doling out monthly bribes of up to $10,000 beginning in 2015 in return for the federal agent providing him protection. The agent, who worked out of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office, provided the Southern California lawyer with running scoops on the department’s law enforcement databases, which warned him to stay away from particular individuals who were under the purview of criminal investigations.

The FBI agent enjoyed luxury hotel stays in Southern California off of Sargsyan’s dime, accepted a $36,000 racing motorcycle as a bonus for checking on a specific individual, and also received a $30,000 cashier’s check that was attempted to look like a payment to the agent’s businesses.

ICE did not reveal the names of the HSI or FBI agents, but the agency’s references to them confirms that both are males.

The California lawyer also admitted to charging nearly $1,000,000 on credit cards in the names of visa holders who left the U.S. — a bank fraud scheme known as a “bust-out.”

Who is Edgar Sargsyan? The 39-year-old lawyer once enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle on the West Coast, according to the Los Angeles Times. He lived in a mansion in Calabasas, California and drove a Rolls Royce Phantom that got him to his law office in Rodeo Drive — a famous shopping district in Beverly Hills known for its sumptuous appearance.

Now, the high-end lawyer is reportedly bankrupt and could serve up to 50 years in prison.

Sargsyan was charged on Tuesday with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, two counts of making false statements to federal investigators, and two counts of bribing federal agents. He has been ordered to make his first court appearance on this case on June 9.

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Written by Jason Hopkins on April 29, 2020

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8 Comments

  1. Patriotson April 29, 2020

    We the people want to know that the HSI and FBI agents involved are prosecuted as well and a firm notice is issued to these two agencies will not be allowed to follow the examples of their superiors in Washington DC. No one is above the law

  2. H.D. April 29, 2020

    He may be bankrupt, but this lawyer (never did trust them, in general) shouldn’t need to worry about a roof, food, or clothing for a while, it should all be provided by the State. Now to go after the morally bankrupt individuals who violated the trust put in them and accepted the bribes, which I believe is worse.

  3. Mike W April 29, 2020

    Well let’s hope he can name names and identify these FBI and ICE agents – so they can be arrested – charged and put in prison where they belong.

  4. Billv April 29, 2020

    Any federal or state employees taking or even seeking bribes should be fired assessments never allowed to work for any company doing business with the government.

  5. Jeamme April 29, 2020

    Find the FBI agents and throw them jail for the rest of their lives. The FBI is no longer the upstanding and morally and ethically strong organization it once was.

  6. Randi Kyle April 30, 2020

    If Trump wasn’t president just think how Hillary would have destroyed everyone’s lives. The corruption from the left is absolutely disgusting. Time to flush the toilet and get rid of the FBI and all the other corrupt federal government agencies.

  7. Big Ed April 30, 2020

    I hope to God that the ICE agents are also going to be indicted. It would be just like our current justice system to jail the criminal and to ignore the enablers. It is the enablers who are the real problem, because if they are allowed to roam free they will repeat their crimes.

  8. mike grunewald May 9, 2020

    kill the lawyers and the agents

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