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Fake US army immigration scam ensnares 800 recruits [WantChinaTimes]

It is amazing, the extent of this scam – 800 ‘recruits’ falling for an immigration scam under the ‘leadership’ of a David Deng who declared himself “supreme commander” of the “US Army/ Military Special Forces Reserve”. For another perspective, check out the Huffington Post – Man Arrested For Recruiting Immigrants Into Phony Army, Marching Them In Parade (April 13, 2011)

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Fake US army immigration scam ensnares 800 recruits
Source – WantChinaTimes, published April 12, 2011

A foreign national has to first become a US citizen before they can join the US military. Picture; Wu Xin, originally from Guilin in China's Guanxi province, pledges the Oath of Allegiance to become a US navy soldier on USS Ronald Reagan in 2008. (File Photo/CNS)

A Chinese national living in Temple city, California, was arrested Tuesday (Apr. 12) for allegedly creating a false Army special forces unit, providing recruits with false documents and uniforms and even marching with them in a parade, authorities said.

Yupeng Deng, 51, also known as David Deng, named himself the “supreme commander” of the “US Army/ Military Special Forces Reserve,” said prosecutors who charged that Deng’s group was actually a huge immigration scam that preyed on Chinese immigrants in the San Gabriel Valley desperate to become citizens.

Charged with 13 counts of theft by false pretenses, manufacturing deceptive government documents and counterfeit of an official government seal, he faces a maximum of more than 11 years in state prison if convicted. Read the rest of this entry »

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