Chula Vista Ex-Federal Agent Convicted in Scam That Conned Immigrants Out of Millions for Green Cards They Never Received

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The Department of Homeland Security main office is shown Jan. 8, 2010, in Washington, DC. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Department of Homeland Security main office is shown Jan. 8, 2010, in Washington, DC. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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A former supervisor in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been convicted in connection with a green card fraud scheme that bilked immigrants out of millions of dollars.

Johnny Martin 60, of Chula Vista,  was convicted in San Diego federal court Friday of making a false statement to a federal agent. He faces up to five years in prison.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Martin passed confidential information from law enforcement databases to crooks who posed as Homeland Security agents and conned more than 100 immigrants into paying exorbitant fees for green cards they never received.

When the FBI interviewed Martin in 2017, he denied passing on information. However, prosecutors say there’s no evidence Martin knew the information was being used for a con.

Three men involved in the scam have pleaded guilty.

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