A 28-year-old Orange County citizen has pleaded guilty for attempting to smuggle six foreign nationals into the U.S. on a boat to Dana Point earlier this year.
Brian Bokkes admits that he was the “captain” of a 1987 Four Winns Pleasure Craft boat that brought the fee-paying, undocumented aliens from Mexico to Dana Point Harbor on Feb. 4, according to court records.
At the harbor, Immigration officials made a surprise inspection, boarded Bokkes' boat, found the cabin door locked, got the key from Bokkes and captured the group.
According to U.S. Department of Justice files, Bokkes–who is
free on bail–faces a maximum federal prison sentence of 20 years and a
$500,000 fine. But given his speedy admission of guilt to violating
immigration laws he'll likely receive a substantially less severe
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney accepted Bokkes' guilty plea this week and set a sentencing hearing for July 23 inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.
Wonder if OC's rabid anti-illegal immigrant community–folks like Barbara Coe–will call for additional treason charges.
R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.