Arrested immigrant and former member of Cuban government for visa fraud

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Arrested immigrant and former member of Cuban government for visa fraud Police officers guard on Friday December 14, 2012, the entrance to the All Souls cemetery where the remains of Jenni Rivera lie, in Long Beach, the Californian city where "La Diva de la Banda" was born. EFE / Archive

 The immigrant and former member of the State Security Department (DSE) Cuban Saul Santos Ferro, 73, was arrested in Miami on charges of immigration fraud, the Department of Justice reported Wednesday.

Ferro was arrested by federal agents Tuesday in Miami, South Florida, for lying and misrepresenting the application he submitted to obtain a visa as a permanent resident and in which he “falsely stated that he never served or was a member of a unit.” of police, “according to the federal agency.

“In fact, Santos served as a high-ranking official in the Department of State Security (DSE) of the Cuban government for decades,” adds the note, which also highlights that the Cuban lied when he declared that he did not commit fraud to obtain a visa .

Santos, who on Wednesday had his first appearance in a federal court, had been identified as a former State Security chief who served in the town of San Cristóbal, in the Cuban province of Artemisa, according to Miami Americatevé.

After several users posted photos of Santos walking around Miami in social networks, the Cuba Represor ID organization, made up of attorneys Santiago Alpízar, Willy Allen, Luis Fernández and Ricardo Martínez Cid, reported the case to the FBI.

District Attorney Fajardo Orshan said the detainee, who according to the media faces a prison sentence of ten years, faces a federal investigation for incurring falsehoods.

Federal judge Edwin Torres granted the arrested person liberty in the form of house arrest, with a locator, and the payment of a bail of 100,000 dollars.

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