A 53-year-old man received a 15-year sentence on July 28 for defrauding immigrant families trying to get their loved ones out of custody by posing as a law enforcement officer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
The defendant, Gregory Chavez, will serve his 10-year sentence in county jail, followed by five years of mandatory supervision. He also was ordered to pay nearly $550,000 in restitution.
Last month, Chavez pleaded guilty to 12 counts of grand theft, two counts of perjury and one count each of extortion, conspiracy and counterfeit seal. The allegations against Chaves date to September 2010, when he falsely promised to help immigration detainees with their cases. Chavez collected tens of thousands of dollars from immigrant detainees’ families, but failed to provide any services.
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