"Operation Backstop" lands several people behind bars

MGN Online
Friday, May 10, 2013 - 8:22pm

A former customs inspector was among several suspects paraded in handcuffs Friday morning in downtown El Paso. It was all part of homeland security investigation's “Operation Backstop.”

Seven immigrants living in the U.S. illegally were walked into the downtown jail. HIS’s officers said they are among eight people arrested for use of fraudulent documents.

Also part of the walk was a former customs inspector who is no stranger to a jail cell. More than a decade ago Federico Garcia, Jr. was convicted on bribery charges. He served his time and was released, but now investigators said he preyed on immigrants through an illegal paralegal office. They said he was producing fraudulent documents for immigrants at a hefty price. He allegedly collected more than $100,000 from 50 people over two years.

"These types of crimes make us vulnerable as Americans and they put at risk not only our national security but also our public safety," said HIS spokeswoman Leticia Zamarippa.

“Operation Backstop” is an ongoing operation.

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