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Man Sentenced for Immigration Fraud Scheme

SEATTLE, Washington (KHNL) -- A Seattle man was sentenced to 41 months in jail for his role in a scheme to get money from illegal immigrants, including many in Hawaii.

Officials say 40-year-old Toma Lelea claimed he worked for the U.S. Government and could help them with their applications for immigration benefits.

According to an indictment filed in Hawaii last year, Lelea posed as a federal agent and display badges or clothing indicating he worked for the government.  Lelea even carried a 9 mm handgun when presenting himself as a federal law enforcement officer.

Lelea accepted more than $19,000 in fees from some 20 victims.

Lelea was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution for wire, mail and Social Security fraud and theft of public money.

 

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