Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fake US Army

It is true that the US of A is a land of opportunity. It certainly rings true for a Chinese national, Yupeng Deng (left) although in this particular case, the opportunity was translated into a business venture that wasn't legit. As the story goes, Deng had allegedly duped unwitting Chinese immigrants into signing up to a fake US army unit. It’s a bogus venture alright – with elaborate stage props! Deng reportedly had a mocked up US recruitment office complete with US army insignia to lure in victims and called his unit the 'Military Special Forces Reserve Unit' (MSFR). He issued his new model army with combat fatigues, flags and fake military IDs and led parades through his local neighbourhood in LA before taking them to the decommissioned USS Midway aircraft carrier, which is a museum in San Diego.

This company of more than 100 fellow nationals paid between $300 and $450 – according to – to join his imaginary army unit. This is essentially a “cash for citizenship” scam. And it was profitable – until Deng was caught.

Sky News on April 14, 2011 mentioned that Deng’s alleged scam was uncovered after members of his MSFR unit were stopped by local police who spotted their fake IDs. Authorities have now charged Deng with theft by false pretences, manufacturing deceptive government documents and counterfeit of an official government seal. He is being held on bail and faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.

Celtic overpowered Kilmarnock by an impressive 4-0 score in this one-sided SPL game. A well-worked move saw Gary Hooper set up Kris Commons to fire in the opener after just four minutes. The Scotland international doubled his tally with a fine drive on 34 minutes, and followed by Hooper who struck from 18 yards (41). Anthony Stokes hit the roof of the net for Celtic's fourth in the 58th minute with a powerful shot from 10 yards. Celtic is on a roll.

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