SOUTH COUNTY COURTS: A Chula Vista man admitted yesterday to running an immigration racket in which he collected more than $40,000 from legal residents with a promise to quickly process their citizenship papers.
Davyd George Jimenez pleaded guilty in Chula Vista Superior Court to seven counts of grand theft and theft by false pretenses.
Under the terms of a plea agreement accepted by Judge Judge H. Ronald Domnitz, Jimenez will be sentenced to five years in prison at a hearing Aug. 14 unless he repays the money he took. If he repays the money, he will be sentenced to up to a year in jail, fined up to $70,000 and placed on probation, the judge said.
Jimenez, 37, posed as a federal agent and charged people from $800 to $1,500 each to process paperwork, then kept the money, Deputy District Attorney Hector Jimenez said outside the courtroom. Hector Jimenez is not related to Davyd Jimenez.
“He would target entire families,” Hector Jimenez said. All of those identified in the court charges against Davyd Jimenez are legal residents of the United States, but he said it's likely there are other victims who were unwilling to come forward for fear of being deported. –R.H.