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Yesterday, June 7, three individuals — two of them pretending to be Homeland Security officials — were arrested for falsely promising to provide immigration status to individuals. The three allegedly fleeced $6 million from at least 150 victims.

Hardev Panesar of El Cajon and Rafael Hastie of Tijuana had been pretending for at least three years that they were Homeland Security agents, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed today. Neither has ever worked for Homeland Security, but they flashed fake agency credentials.

The third person charged, Gurdev Singh of Bakersfield, helped the other two recruit potential victims. The three promised to deliver immigration documents to victims, and even took their fingerprints. But the three never produced the documents.

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Don Bauder June 8, 2017 @ 3:08 p.m.

Mike Murphy: Dunno. We only have an unsealed indictment at this point. Best, Don Bauder

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Flapper June 8, 2017 @ 5:40 p.m.

Send these mfrs back whar they cum frum, and stop the inconsistent policy of stopping people with the DNA of the original inhabitants at the "border." After stripping them of all their worldly goods and branding their foreheads.

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Don Bauder June 9, 2017 @ 11:03 a.m.

Flapper: "Mfrs" is an abbreviation for manufacturers. There is no indication that either the victims or the crooks were industrialists in the manufacturing sector. Or does "mfrs" stand for something else? Nahhhh. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh June 9, 2017 @ 8:54 a.m.

Desperate people are sitting ducks for this kind of scummy rip-off artist. With all the criticism we hear of the US and all its misdeeds and social injustice, millions (maybe billions) of those from other countries are still engaged is desperate measures to get here and get legal. When they stop coming in human waves, I'll begin to worry about the US. A fitting punishment for these three, especially if they are legally in the US, would be revocation of that status and deportation.

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Don Bauder June 9, 2017 @ 11:05 a.m.

Visduh: So true. The Mexican bandits who fleece other Mexicans who are trying desperately to get into the U.S. are scum. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder June 10, 2017 @ 9:03 p.m.

Mike Murphy: Many immigration lawyers act within the law. Many are crooks. Some are very good. Best, Don Bauder

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