In an article published by Pamela Manson of The Salt Lake Tribune, federal prosecutions confirmed the identity of a Salt Lake City man who allegedly impersonated an immigration official ultimately stealing thousands of dollars from undocumented immigrants hoping to become legal residents.
The complaint alleges that the Salt Lake City man took money from undocumented workers, did nothing to help those clients, and would then threaten his clients with deportation when they questioned his progress in their cases. One woman also alleged that the Salt Lake City imposter demanded sex from her and threatened to have one of her children deported when he she refused to pay him more money. She also alleged that he made many hostile and overly aggressive phone calls to her demanding either sex or more money to finish the process.
According to an affidavit by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent, the alleged imposter charged between $1,500 to $5,000 per person to handle the legalization process. Additionally, the imposter claimed to work for ICE. It is also alleged that the imposter met many of his clients through mutual friends in the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints and would meet with his clients in his home to complete paperwork and take payment. It is also alleged that the imposter did not give receipts to his clients because he said that it would cause delays in the process. He also allegedly claimed that by receiving cash only he could back date his client’s cases for faster processing.
At this time, the alleged imposter is in custody pending further proceedings. The Salt Lake City imposter faces up to three years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted of impersonating an officer or employee of the United States.