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Corrupt Border Boss Gets 16 Months

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A federal supervisor at three California border crossings was sentenced Friday to 16 months in federal prison for demanding bribes to award government contracts.

Timothy Francis Cashman was a building manager for the General Services Administration at the Otay Mesa, San Ysidro and Tecate Ports of Entry. Cashman, 57, of Lakeside abused his power and hid his loot from the IRS, federal prosecutors said.

Among other things, he demanded $10,000 and thousands of dollars worth of renovations on his own home from one government contractor; gave another company a contract but demanded it pay $120,000 to a third company, which kicked back $42,000 to him; and had contractors load government property into his own truck, or deliver it to his home, so he could sell it.

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel said in sentencing him that Cashman was a religious man who had done many good deeds, but that "quid pro quo is not the status quo; quid pro quo is not acceptable."

The owner of the company that got the $120,000 and kicked back $42,000 has pleaded guilty to it, as have nine other people in related corruption investigations, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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