Felix Cisneros Sentenced for Corruption Involving Lev Dermen

, 2022-11-25 15:45:00,

Felix Cisneros and Lev Dermen (U.S. Attorney’s Office exhibit and government booking photo)

A former Homeland Security Investigations agent who prosecutors say was “cut-off financially” by the crime boss he’d been helping has been sentenced to spend about 10 years in federal prison for a bribery scheme with a corrupt lawyer.

Felix J. Cisneros, 48, avoided the additional two years in prison requested by prosecutors, with U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner imposing 121 months instead of the 145 months they wanted. A jury in May convicted Cisneros of 30 felonies, including of conspiring to bribe himself as a public official, and he’s currently in custody in Los Angeles.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office sentencing memorandum said the roughly 12-year recommended sentence, which was at the upper-end of the U.S. Sentencing Commission guidelines, was warranted because of Cisneros’ “long-term association with Levon Termendzhyan and his family.”

“Rather than build upon this strong family foundation and excellent work ethic, defendant turned to a life of crime in a manner that violates the public trust in law enforcement,” according to the 11-page memo.

Klausner, a 2002 George W. Bush appointee who presided over Cisneros’ trial and is handling a related case involving a retired FBI Special Agent Babak Broumand, declined the recommendation, which Cisneros’ lawyer, George Mgdesyan, said in his memo “is vastly excessive and simply defies logic.”

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