Tampa man sentenced after posing as immigration attorney
TAMPA, Fla.– Elvis Harold Reyes, 56, was sentenced to 20 years and 9 months in federal prison for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, on Monday.
According to court documents, Reyes was pretending to be an attorney, targeting undocumented immigrants from Spanish speaking countries. He has never been a licensed immigration attorney.
The victims were seeking Florida drivers licenses and work authorization. Reyes tricked them into paying for his services by giving them inaccurate legal information according to officials.
He filed over 225 fraudulent immigration application. According to court documents, Reyes intended to take over $1 million from his victims. His victims’ actual losses exceeded $411,000. When confronted by victims, he threatened deportation.
“Posing as an immigration attorney, Reyes targeted hundreds of vulnerable people in the Tampa community with his immigration scam,” said USCIS Tampa District Director Michael Borgen.
“USCIS is committed to finding and stopping those who want to cheat the immigration system, and preserving it for those who qualify for immigration benefits.”
Reyes plead guilty on December 15, 2020.
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