Three Virginia residents have been arrested after authorities discovered they scammed illegal immigrants by claiming they could provide fraudulent immigration documents.
The Leesburg Police Department’s Emergency Response Team obtained search warrants for two residences on the 0-100 block of Heritage Way, according to Leesburg Patch. Authorities discovered that Tomasa Solis, 51, Yesica Carolina Reyes-Moran, 21, and Julio Cesar Guzman, 24, were involved in a scheme where they allegedly told members of the Latino community that they could provide immigration documents for cash.
All three were charged with obtaining money by false pretenses. Solis was held on a $2,500 secure bond while Guzman was held without bail. Reyes-Moran was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Immigrants who are seeking permanent residence or citizenship should be cautious about who they trust and the paperwork they submit. In January, a US court shut down an online operation that reportedly posed as a US government website for immigration services, according to the news website NetworkWorld. The fake site charged fees between $200 and $2,500 for supposed immigration processing fees and services.