Skip to comments.ICE, CBP Officials Indicted In Immigration Fraud Scheme
Posted on 05/08/2013 9:00:55 PM PDT by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) An agent with the Department of Homeland Security and a former immigration officer surrendered to federal authorities Wednesday after a grand jury indictment named them, as well as three others, as participants in a long-running immigration fraud scheme.
The conspiracy was allegedly orchestrated by a Los Angeles attorney who paid bribes as high as $10,000 to officials with several agencies in the Department of Homeland Security to help secure immigration benefits for aliens he was representing, according to the U.S. Attorneys Office.
KNX 1070′s Claudia Peschiutta reports an 18-count indictment returned Tuesday outlines a wide-ranging bribery scheme in which attorney Kwang Man John Lee allegedly used illegal tactics to procure immigration benefits for clients.
Lee, who was previously charged in a criminal complaint and is not named in the indictment issued Tuesday, allegedly paid bribes to public officials to secure admission stamps and lawful permanent residency status for aliens who paid fees ranging from a few hundred dollars to well over $50,000.
Lee also allegedly paid bribes to government officials, with payments ranging from $50 to as much as $10,000 given to an officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Authorities have identified several dozen aliens who improperly received immigrations benefits, but that number is growing as the investigation continues.
Those named in the indictment filed Tuesday are: USCIS Supervisory Officer Jesus Figueroa, 66, of Tujunga; U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Michael Anders, 53, of Torrance; and Mirei Hofmann, 38, of Los Angeles, a native of Japan, who allegedly paid Lee tens of thousands of dollars to secure a permanent resident card. The additional two officials, USCIS Officer Paul Lovingood, 71, of Newhall, and 46-year-old James Dominguez of Ventura, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), were both arrested Wednesday.
Figueroa and Hofmann were named in an earlier indictment returned by the grand jury about a month ago. Anders and Lee, a 47-year-old resident of Los Angeles, were named in a criminal complaint filed about a month ago.
All four were previously arrested and released on bond. They will be summoned to court for arraignments on the new indictment in the coming weeks.
Dominguez and Lovingood were charged for the first time in Tuesdays indictment, and both are expected to be arraigned on the indictment on Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court.
Well, I guess we now know WWJD.
The fact that an entire world exists, separate from the private sector, that is so rife with crime and and corruption that it takes yet another branch of the government to investigate and root out problems should send a message in its own right.
Huh, I thought we were told illegal aliens were not, could not and will not, receive "benefits!"
What's going on here? Rubio and the rest of the gang of Ocho, tell us none of the 11 million or is it 40 million illegal aliens aren't getting benefits and promise that they won't get any until they've been legalized for 13 years!
Next, they're going to tell us none of the illegal aliens have been voting.
Who're ya gonna believe?
So where are Obama’s illegal alien Kenyan Aunt & Uncle now?
Gardening at the White House?
Can we see them with binoculars if we look thru the White House fence?
Does Obama have dozens of young women chained up in the White House basement for the last four years?
Are they still serving dogmeat at the White House Islamic Banquets?
Why doesn’t Obama get that strange protruding mole removed from the left side of his nose?
Does he think it adds character or is his Chi-Town physician incompetent?
Why does Obama Super-Glue his hair forward over his forehead?
Is Obama dying of AIDS?
Is Valerie Jarrett really Opansy’s squeeze?
How do we know with that queer WH press jerk making up Bravo Sierra every day?
Good questions. Valerie is a pal of Trita Parsi.