US federal grand jury charges Dr Hilamani Hansen with immigration scam

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UPDATED: Despite insisting his agency had done nothing wrong after the United States Federal Law Enforcement raided his Sacramento based office in December, Dr Hilamani Hansen the owner of the Americans Helping America organisation has been charged Thursday in relation to a scam that promised U.S. citizenships in return for fees as high as $10,000..

Dr Hansen, 63,  is of Tongan origin and he was arrested earlier today after a federal grand jury indicted him  for offering adult adoptions as a pathway to citizenship for people who were in the country illegally, ABC news reported.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner who made the announcement was quoted by ABC as saying: “Taking advantage of the hopes and dreams of undocumented immigrants, who are poorly positioned to seek the protection of law enforcement, to extract fees based on false promises, is a particularly predatory and manipulative type of fraud”.

US authorities claimed “the operation took in at least $500,000 from at least 500 immigrants in California, Hawaii, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin”.

Last month Hansen threatened church leaders and overstayers in the United States he will release their names to US Homeland Security if they would not attend a meeting scheduled for January 31.

On the day of the meeting news agencies were not allowed to join in  and Hansen refused to answer questions.

Californian based Television KCRA report said they saw 16 vehicles coming in and  out of the building that day.

Hansen claimed his company could get illegal immigrants their US citizenship if they paid him $5000 to $10,000 each.

He claimed his clients  can get their citizenship  if they could be adopted by US citizens.

He told KCRA thousands of undocumented immigrants benefitted from his company’s citizenship shceme.

In the United States an adult can be lawfully adopted by US citizens but no one could get US citizenship through that policy.

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  1. Neongo ‘ene kikihi na’e ‘ikai ke ne fakahoko ‘e ia mo ‘ene kautaha ‘i ‘Amelika ko e Americans Helping America ha hia pe ha founga ta’e fakalao ka kuo faka’ilo ‘a Dr Hilamani Hansen ‘e ha kau sula mei he ngaahi siteiti fakatahataha ‘o ‘Amelika ‘o tukuaki’i ki he faʻufaʻu ke fakahoko ha hia faka’imikuleisini ʻi he ʻiloʻilopau ko e founga kākā ne ne ngāueʻakí.

    Ne puke ai ‘e he kau fakatotolo FBI ‘a Hansen he ‘aho ni hili ia faka’ilo ki he ngaahi hia kākā kehekehe pea toe hā foʻou foki e founga fai hia ko ‘ení ki he kau fakatotolo hia ʻa ʻAmeliká.

    ‘Oku fakafuofua ‘e he kau ma’u mafaí ne a’u ki he toko 500 mei he ngaahi matakali kehekehe ‘i ‘Amelika ne nau totongi ‘a e taki pa’anga ‘e $5 kilu ‘Amelika ʻa e toko taha kae fakahoko ‘e Hansen ‘a e ngaahi palomesi faka’imikuleisini ma’a kinautolu ka ne ‘ikai hano mo’oni.

    Ko Dr Hansen ko e Tonga ia ʻa ia ʻoku toe ʻiloa pe ko Helamani mo hono hoá ko Viola Hansen pe ko Sela Hansen ʻoku ʻanaua ʻa e kauataha ko ʻeni pea ne na tuʻuaki ka totongi ki heʻena kauataha ʻa e paʻanga ʻAmelika ʻe $5,000 ki he 10,000 ʻe lava ke maʻu ha sitiseni ʻa ha taha lahi kuo ʻova kapau ʻe pusiakiʻi ia ʻe ha taha ʻosi sitiseni ʻAmelika.

    Ko e pusiakiʻi ha taha lahi ʻi ʻAmelika ke maʻu ai ha faingamālie ʻoku fakalao pe ia ka ʻoku ʻikai malava ke maʻu ai ha pepa tangataʻi fonua ʻAmelika ʻa ha taha.

    Kuo lea mai ai ha kakai Tonga tokolahi ‘i ‘Amelika ki he Kaniv.a ‘o fakaha e nau to pea mole lau afe he fo’i ngaue ko ‘eni ka ne te’eki pe ma’u ‘enau tangataʻi fonua ʻAmeliká.

    Neongo kuo talaki ʻe he kautahá ni kuo ʻi he lau afe ʻa e kakai kuo lava ʻenau pepa ʻo tā heʻenau fakahoko fatongiá ʻoku fakaʻikaiʻi mamahi ʻeni ia mei he kau maʻumafai ʻAmeliká mo pehē ʻoku taʻemalava ke hoko ʻa e meʻa ko iá.

    Ko e teuaki fakaʻilo ko ʻeni kuo talaki he ʻaho ní ko e ola ia ʻo ha fakatotolo ʻa e FBI ki he kauatahá ni talu mei Fēpueli ʻo e taʻu kuo ʻosí hili ha lāunga ʻa ha kakai ne nau ngāueʻaki ʻa e kautaha ʻa Hansen.