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Immigration Scammers Charged

Federal agents say scam artists who staged naturalization ceremonies cheated immigrants who wanted to become citizens out of as much as $25,000.00 each.

At least one fake ceremony in Los Angeles included questions about American history, and a person in a black robe posing as a judge.

The accused ringleader and a second suspect have been charged with impersonating federal judges. Four people face numerous charges, including selling Social Security cards for $750.00 each.

According to court papers, one suspect posing as a judge forgot the words to the Pledge of Allegiance and had to be assisted by an immigrant.