Photo: Gerardo Duenes
SANTA CLARA COUNTY – The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a suspect who was providing fraudulent immigration services.
According to Sgt. Richard Glennon, Gerardo Duenes operated an immigration consultant business at 1629 Alum Rock Avenue.
Several victims notified authorities after Duenes failed to provide adequate services expected from an Immigration Consultant.
The investigation began after reports that Duenes was charging enormous fees from unsuspecting immigrants wishing to file with the State of California. In short, these individuals wanted to apply for a green card and/or apply for citizenship.
These victims discovered their paperwork or other requirements were inadequate due to Deunes’ incompetency and/or illegality.
Duenes’ charges are two counts of grand theft, and one count of providing immigration services while unregistered/bonded.
Of course Duenes did not have an Immigration Consultant clearance provided by the California Secretary of State. He also did not pay the $100,000 bond required to operate an immigration consulting business required by State law.
Duenes is no stranger to fraud. He was fired for fraud from the Immigration and Naturalization Services, (INS). He had worked with them for seven years in the early 1980’s.
Sgt. Glennon said, “All identified Victims suffered significant financial losses and potentially missed immigration opportunities due to the inadequate immigration services provided by Duenes.”
If you are a victim of immigration service fraud, please call at 408-808-4599 or email: Tips@Sheriff.sccgov.org
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