Federal authorities in Las Vegas say they arrested four suspected of impersonating immigration officials to scam people trying to obtain legal status in the U.S.
The Nevada Attorney General's office and federal authorities said Friday the people arrested are accused of running a business in Reno that purported to be part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Authorities say the suspects kept the money customers gave them and sometimes filed nothing. Some lost their legal status as a result of delays in processing their paperwork.
The people arrested were Charles Doucette, Deborah Stilson, Cybil Duran Berti and Shauna Shaw. They face charges that include criminal racketeering, conspiracy, and obtaining money under false pretenses in the course of a technological crime.