Former El Paso CBP officer admitted to fraud scheme targeting immirgrants

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A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, who lives in El Paso, pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges on Thursday.

Frederico Garcia, Jr. admitted in court that he schemed to defraud legal and illegal immigrants from Nov. 2015 to May 2018.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Garcia would present himself as an immigration attorney and charge immigrants for assistance with applying for benefits. Garcia, who was not a lawyer, called his fake business “Justice International” and “High End Immigrant Resource Center.”

Garcia also solicited his victims to invest in a business venture, but that too was a fraud.

He pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen Cardone and faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2019.

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