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Bear Flag Republican
04-12-2011, 11:10 PM
A Chinese man was arrested on Tuesday for creating a fake U.S. Army unit and selling immigrants on the idea that joining the squad was a path to citizenship, authorities said.

Yupeng Deng, 51, allegedly gave his "recruits" military uniforms, had them parade in a Los Angeles suburb and took them to the decommissioned USS Midway aircraft carrier, which is a museum in San Diego.

Deng charged more than 100 fellow Chinese nationals a fee of between $300 and $450 to join the fake Army unit, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

He called his bogus squad the U.S. Army/Military Special Forces Reserve unit, or MSFR for short, and he gave himself the lofty title of "supreme commander," prosecutors said.

Aside from telling recruits that belonging to the unit was a path to U.S. citizenship, Deng also urged them to pay him cash for higher military rank, according to prosecutors.

He also allegedly provided them with fake documents and phony military identification cards.

Deng, a resident of the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte, was arrested on Tuesday by sheriff's deputies.

He was charged with theft by false pretenses, manufacturing deceptive government documents and counterfeit of an official government seal.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110412/us_nm/us_fake_army

Ayatollahgondola
04-13-2011, 08:01 AM
Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, declined to comment on how Deng was caught.

Of course. The government isn't going to point out there inept and careless monitoring of immigrants. One of those who got conned probably applied for a job at the pentagon using his rank as a reference.

Twoller
04-13-2011, 11:53 AM
This sounds a little like this other news item posted here:

13 Illegals Caught Wearing US Marine Uniforms (http://www.saveourstate.info/showthread.php?t=3629&highlight=marine+uniform)

Maybe this was what was going on with the Marine uniforms.

You know things are getting way out of hand when our military and its opportunities for legals are being applied in immigration scams.