A San Diego man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly impersonating a federal agent and defrauding over 25 victims in Orange County seeking immigration assistance. The indictment includes charges of false impersonation of a federal officer, mail fraud, wire fraud, fraudulent possession and use of U.S. government seals, aggravated identity theft, and misuse of a United States passport. The accused, Davyd George Brand Jimenez, is currently being sought by federal authorities.
Impersonation and Fraud Targeting the Latino Community:
According to the indictment, Brand Jimenez posed as a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and preyed on undocumented members of the Latino community. He promised to assist them in obtaining work permits, legal residency, and U.S. citizenship, all while falsely claiming to be affiliated with ICE. Using a fake ICE badge, Brand Jimenez charged each victim between $10,000 and $20,000 for his fraudulent services.
Fabrication of Immigration Documents:
The indictment reveals that Brand Jimenez failed to file immigration paperwork or provide any legitimate immigration benefits to his victims. In an attempt to deceive them, he allegedly created fabricated immigration documents with victims' names, displaying the emblem of the United States Department of Homeland Security. He even went as far as providing a victim with a valid Social Security card, U.S. passport card, and California Identification Card under a different person's name to misrepresent authorization to reside and work in the United States.
Non-existent Position and Deceptive Claims: T
o further his fraudulent scheme, Brand Jimenez claimed to be a "G-18" federal official, a position that does not exist. He also provided a victim with a fabricated stay of deportation order, falsely assuring them they would not be deported.
Legal Consequences and Current Status:
Brand Jimenez is considered a fugitive after failing to appear for a sentencing hearing in an unrelated narcotics case in San Diego federal court. If convicted of all charges in the indictment, he could face substantial prison sentences, including a maximum of 20 years for each mail and wire fraud count, 10 years for each count of misusing a passport, five years for each wrongful use of a government seal count, three years for each impersonation of a federal officer count, and a mandatory two-year prison sentence for each aggravated identity theft count.
Law Enforcement Efforts and Call for Information:
The FBI Orange County Resident Office, in collaboration with the Santa Ana Police Department, investigated the case. Authorities are seeking assistance from the public to locate Davyd George Brand Jimenez. Individuals with information about his current whereabouts are urged to contact the FBI's toll-free tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), submit tips at https://tips.fbi.gov/, or reach out to the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-877-WANTED-2.
The indictment of Davyd George Brand Jimenez underscores the seriousness of impersonating a federal officer and exploiting vulnerable individuals seeking immigration assistance. The Justice Department's action highlights the commitment to protect the public from fraudulent schemes and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.