Phony military recruiter from El Monte pleads guilty

From the Associated Press:
POMONA — A Chinese national accused of pretending to be a U.S. Army recruiter to bilk immigrants out of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to three years in prison by a Los Angeles County judge.
Yupeng Deng of El Monte was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count each of theft, manufacturing deceptive government documents and counterfeiting an official government seal.
Prosecutors say the 51-year-old created a scheme where he recruited about 200 other Chinese immigrants from Southern California, the San Francisco Bay area and Atlanta to join his bogus Army reserve unit, telling them it could improve their chances of obtaining U.S. citizenship.
The recruits were charged $300 to $450 to enlist and up to $120 a year to renew memberships.
Deng separately pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.

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