Man Impersonates Immigration Official

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Vietnamese man has pleaded guilty to pretending to be an immigration official in a scheme to collect cash from immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship.

Forty-two-year-old De Hieu Tran also pleaded guilty Tuesday to wearing a Purple Heart award given to those in the Armed Forces who are injured or killed. Prosecutors said Trans also claimed to be a U.S. Marine.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Tran is subject to deportation after he completes his sentence. He faces up to three years in prison for impersonating an agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs, and one year for unauthorized wearing of a Purple Heart.

Tran's attorney, Scott Mertens, says his client did not believe he was subject to deportation prior to the criminal charges.

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