Florida man accused of defrauding immigrant families

Published: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 7:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 7:43 a.m.

PLANTATION, Fla. — A 58-year-old South Florida man is accused of scamming the families of immigrants seeking legal residence in the United States out of thousands of dollars.

Humberto Alfonso Pinto allegedly took $20,600 from a woman, promising he could arrange for her jailed Lebanese boyfriend to legally live and work in the United States.

In another case, authorities say Pinto took $5,000 from a woman to represent her Nicaraguan husband.

Broward County investigators are looking for more victims, and say the 58-year-old Plantation man forged U.S. State Department documents to prove his legitimacy.

Pinto was arrested last week on charges including grand theft and fraudulently representing himself as a lawyer.

It could not immediately be determined if he had a defense attorney.

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