Saturday, October 26, 2013

ICE SVU Fighting Coupon Fraud

In its long run away from immigration law enforcement, and another argument for no more amnesties, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Special Victims Unit (ICE SVU) has decided to concentrate its investigative powers on another crime unrelated to immigration or customs law enforcement.  This time counterfeit store coupons.

Los Angeles Times October 24, 2013 by Kate Mather
Anaheim Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Thousands Of Fake Kohl's Coupons
An Anaheim man pleaded guilty Thursday to producing and selling tens of thousands of fake Kohl's coupons in a months-long scheme that netted him about $93,000, federal officials said.
Boi Quoc Vo, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in counterfeit documentation under a plea agreement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and fines of as much as $250,000, or twice the gain or loss from the ruse, whichever amount is greater.
“It’s common to encounter intellectual property cases related to phony products, but this is the first time we’ve come across a scheme locally involving counterfeit store coupons,” Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations division in Los Angeles, said in a statement.

Of course, it could be that Vo is an alien, but more likely already a naturalized citizen and consequently effectively immune from deportation.  But given the 2 million illegal aliens in the Lost Angeles area and the millions of dollars in welfare that go to illegal aliens in Los Angeles County alone, much less the rest of the metro area, ICE SVU it would be more cost effective for ICE SVU to start sweeping neighborhoods for illegals or raiding where the illegals work.

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