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West Palm Beach Couple Sentenced to Prison Terms for Conspiracy to Commit Immigration Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2012

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), announced that defendants Levy Garcia Crespo, and his wife, Anyelina Cid Bonilla, of West Palm Beach, Florida were sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Kenneth A. Marra for their roles in conspiring to commit immigration fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1546 and 371. Judge Marra sentenced Crespo to 42 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release and Bonilla to 30 months imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release.

As stated in court, during the course of the scheme, Crespo and Bonilla submitted to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) false and fraudulent immigration applications on behalf of illegal aliens. Crespo and Bonilla received from USCIS automatically-generated receipts indicating that the applications were pending. Crespo then directed the aliens to take the receipts to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain valid driver’s licenses. At least 90% of the over 3,000 applications involved in the offense contained false and fraudulent information.

During the course of the scheme, Crespo misrepresented himself as an immigration attorney to clients and in immigration court. Crespo is not, and never has been, an attorney. Along with Bonilla, Crespo convinced illegal aliens that he could help them. In exchange, the aliens paid the defendants exorbitant legal fees. Crespo and Bonilla gained at least 1.8 million dollars as a result of the scheme.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of ICE-HSI, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Palm Beach Fusion Center for their work on this case. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rinku Tribuiani.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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