THE WORLDPOST
04/14/2011 10:22 am ET Updated Jun 14, 2011

Yupeng Deng, Chinese Man, Swindled Migrants With Fake U.S. Military Operation

LOS ANGELES -- To the Chinese immigrants he recruited, Yupeng Deng was known as Supreme Commander. He offered them United States Army uniforms, conducted training exercises on Sundays, led marches in municipal parades and promised a path toward American citizenship.

The uniforms were real, but Mr. Deng's U.S. Army/Military Special Forces Reserve unit was a sham, the authorities said.

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