Fraudsters Arrested For Selling Native American Tribe Membership To Illegal Immigrants
What do you name a company that specializes in making fraudulent documents and ripping off immigrants? Try Universal Service Dedicated to God, Inc. Or so say prosecutors.
Yes forging documents that claim the holder has membership in a Native American tribe to elude deportation is certainly God’s work.
Audie Watson of Tamarac, Nancy Vertus of , Laura Reyes of Lake Worth, and her husband Anibol Reyes, both of Port St. Lucie, were arrested by federal officers early this morning after authorities uncovered the scheme they had been running since August, 2005.
The company charged illegal immigrants $1, 500 per person, or $2,000 per couple for fraudulent documents that claimed they were part of the Pembina Nation Little Shell Tribe.
Membership in a Native American Tribe would allow them to continue to live and work in the United States. The four are charged with conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, mail fraud, and forging false immigration documents. The most serious of the charges, mail fraud, could put them behind bars for up to 20 years.
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