According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas, a 44-year-old Former Inspector of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), pleads guilty of Immigration fraud. He feound guilty to defrauding migrants by presenting himself as an immigration attorney thereby exploiting them under the guise of helping illegal migrants to apply for immigration benefits.
Garcia, who is not a licensed attorney, disguised as an immigration lawyer working for two nonexistent businesses - High-End Immigrant Resource Center and Justice International.
Both legal and illegal immigrants fell victim to Garcia's craft. Officials said that the scheme span from November 2015 to May 2018. Besides charging immigrants for immigration benefits help, a news revealed that he also dubiously pressure immigrants to invest in business ventures he described to have a high rate of return hence making large returns for individuals. Having pleaded guilty, he's expected to be jailed about 20 years.
A very similar case which was resolved last year - Odet Madrid-Corchado and Lawrence Madrid’s case. Lawrence who is also an ex CBP officer conspired with his wife in the running of a smuggling scheme. They pleaded guilty of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for personal financial gains as well as giving and taking of the bribe. Odet and Lawrence faced a maximum of 25 years (10 for smuggling and conspiracy and 15 for bribery) and 7.5 years respectively. Lawrence worked with Customs and Border Protection for about 20 years.
In the light of this, the United States must rid itself of such men as Garcia, Odet and Lawrence. The present administration should focus more on cleaning its house on immigration matters.
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