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Customs agent admits allowing fugitive brother-in-law into U.S.

October 2, 2012 |  8:10 pm

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer admitted in a plea agreement Tuesday that he allowed a fugitive to enter the country and covered the man’s tracks by entering false information in a law enforcement database.

Thomas Silva, 33, a nine-year veteran of the agency, was working at the San Ysidro border crossing in April when he allowed the fugitive, his brother-in-law, into the country and then entered inaccurate license plate information into a database that records entries into the U.S.

Silva pleaded guilty to concealing a person from arrest.

He also pleaded guilty, in an unrelated matter, to wire fraud charges for filing a false insurance claim.

Silva is scheduled to be sentenced in December. He faces a potential 25-year prison term.

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-- Richard Marosi in San Diego

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