Feds charge California man in 7-state immigration scam

Feds charge California man in 7-state immigration scam

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal authorities are charging a Sacramento man with running a scam that promised U.S. citizenships to hundreds of immigrants across at least seven states in return for fees as high as $10,000.

Helaman Hansen operated a Sacramento nonprofit called Americans Helping America Chamber of Commerce Agency.

He was indicted Thursday for offering adult adoptions as a pathway to citizenship for people who were in the country illegally. Adult adoptions are legal, but officials say they don't affect immigration status.

Authorities say the operation took in at least $500,000 from at least 500 people in California, Hawaii, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

The 63-year-old Hansen, of suburban Sacramento, was arrested Thursday on conspiracy and fraud charges.

No attorney is listed for Hansen, who is expected in court Friday.

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