A Northridge man was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine Monday for bribing an immigration official to approve falsified residency applications for Taiwanese businessmen.
Alfred T. Lin received a lighter sentence from U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson than did his two accomplices, former Immigration and Naturalization Service officer Dorothy Anaya and her husband, Robert, who each received four years in prison and fines totaling $440,000.
"It appears to me you are contrite," Wilson told Lin. "You are older than the Anayas and your health may not be so good. I think you feel a sense of disgrace, which I'm not so sure the Anayas feel."
Lin, 51, told Wilson he acted out of patriotism for the homeland he left in 1965 when he agreed to solicit thousands of dollars from Taiwanese who wanted to become legal residents in the United States.