By John North, KABC Los Angeles -
There was a sentencing Monday, for a once-prominent attorney for immigration and customs enforcement.
He was convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from the very people he was supposed to be prosecuting.
Constantine Kallas was a federal immigration attorney, a prosecutor. Casino surveillance video showed him about to get a $20,000 bribe to get a green card for an illegal immigrant. Kallas was convicted for this bribe and 35 other federal crimes.
Prosecutors believe Kallas received $950,000 in cash bribes over five years. In federal court Monday he was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison.
"He essentially engaged in a conspiracy as a prosecutor to engage in criminal acts with the people he was charged to prosecute," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Raymond Aghaian.
Kallas' attorney Dean Steward said the sentence was too stiff; he argued for seven years. Prosecutors wanted 30 years.