SAN DIEGO (CN) – Federal prosecutors charged a man and woman with bilking immigrants of more than $100,000 through their bogus California Legal Services company of Pico Rivera. Armando Garcia and Elizabeth Alcocer claimed to be immigration officers and immigration attorneys, and took money to submit fraudulent federal applications, according to the 16-count indictment.
Garcia, 58, of Tijuana, was arrested this week and charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Alcocer, of Albuquerque, was arrested there on the same indictment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
If convicted of all charges, they could face up to 127 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. Prosecutors also want $120,000 in restitution for victims.