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Immigration and Nationality Law
|Consulate Employees Plead Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Visa Fraud
The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that four former employees at the U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico have pled guilty to conspiracy to commit visa fraud. Former visa adjudicator Miguel Partida and former visa clerks Sergio Genaro Ochoa-Alarcon, Benjamin Antonio Ayala-Morales, and Ramon Alberto Torres-Galvan have pled guilty before a federal district court judge in Laredo, Texas. They were charged with one count of criminal informations with conspiracy to sell visas.
The individuals now face a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2003. The charge stems from a criminal investigation that began approximately seven months ago. The alleged scheme involved individuals purchasing visas and border crossing cards in exchange for money. These individuals were not interviewed and no determination of their eligibility. The investigation also led to the closure of the U.S. Consulate office in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
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