Chinese man accused of creating fake Army Special Forces unit

A Chinese man has been charged with recruiting 100 other Chinese nationals for a fake Army Special Forces unit, telling them it was a path to U.S. citizenship.


By Published: April 12, 2011

A California man allegedly recruited more than 100 other Chinese nationals, gave them phony uniforms and documents, and charged them initiation dues, CNN reported. He declared himself "supreme commander" of the unit and told the recruits it was a path to U.S. citizenship.

He even offered them a chance to buy a higher rank -- by paying him cash.

Yupeng Deng, 51, also known as David Deng, was arrested Tuesday morning by agents from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said in a statement. He faces 13 counts of theft by false pretenses, manufacturing deceptive government documents and counterfeit of an official government seal.

If Deng is convicted, he faces eight years in prison, CNN said.

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