Border security

Cuban imprisoned for impersonating US border agent in Texas

U.S. border patrol agents detain two men from India after they climbed over the border wall from Mexico in Calexico, California, U.S. February 8, 2017.

U.S. border patrol agents detain two men from India after they climbed over the border wall from Mexico in Calexico, California, U.S. February 8, 2017.  (Reuters)

Prosecutors say a Cuban man living in South Texas must serve 18 months in a U.S. prison for impersonating a Border Patrol agent to scam other immigrants.

Eugene Agustin Munoz-Canellas was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in McAllen, Texas.

Investigators say the 55-year-old man is a permanent U.S. resident who lived in Mission, Texas.

Authorities say Munoz-Canellas falsely portrayed himself as a Border Patrol agent in 2015 and 2016 to solicit bribes from people seeking legal status in the U.S. He pleaded guilty in November to impersonating a law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors say Munoz-Canellas has a history of theft and fraud. He faces deportation after serving his prison term.