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File photo: A military naturalization ceremony held at a U.S. Army base in South Korea, December 2008
U.S. Army officials say they want to ensure that Chinese immigrants don't fall for the kind of scam that got its alleged leader arrested last week.
Prosecutors claim that a Chinese national posed as a military recruiter and duped fellow immigrants into thinking they'd joined a U.S. Army Special Forces unit. Yupeng Deng allegedly charged each recruit at least $400 plus annual renewal fees.
Deng reportedly promised about 100 men that membership in the armed forces would lead to legal American citizenship. Authorities arrested Deng last week; if a jury convicts him, he faces up to eight years in prison.
In South El Monte, U.S. Army officials held a news conference in English and Chinese. They let people know how they can sign up with real recruiters and steer clear of this type of deception.