DETROIT, MI – Charles T. Busse, 57-years-old, of Birmingham, Michigan, pleaded guilty today, Thursday, November 3rd, 2016, to charges of bribery, conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion and failure to report cash payments of more than $10,000.
Charles T. Busse pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn in Detroit.
According to court records, Busse admitted to paying bribes to a Special Agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations to obtain numerous deferrals of deportation and other immigration benefits for his clients. Attorney Busse maintains law offices in Rochester Hills and Dearborn.
Busse also admitted to conspiring to obstruct the lawful function of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by dishonest means. In addition, Busse pleaded guilty to criminal tax evasion and violating the federal law that requires an attorney to report any cash payments of more than $10,000. The crimes are alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2015. The four charged crimes carry maximum penalties of between five and fifteen years.
Authorities say Busse was working with Clifton Divers, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Divers has been indicted for his part in the scheme.
He was accused of defrauding the government in exchange for thousands of dollars from his clients.
A sentencing date will be set by the court.
U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade commended the outstanding work of the Office of Inspector General of the U.S Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conducting a comprehensive criminal investigation into potential corruption activities involving a federal law enforcement official.