October 25, 2012

Investigators Thursday arrested a U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer from Diamond Bar on suspicion of taking bribes in exchange for smuggling Chinese goods into the U.S. without required duties and taxes.

Sam Herbert Allen, 51, was arrested after being indicted Wednesday on federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and making false statement to U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigators.

Working alongside his ex-wife, who he convinced to open an importing business, and another defendant, Allen accepted bribes of $2,000 per shipment, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.

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