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.