San Diego man charged with posing as ICE agent, taking advantage of immigrants

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A federal grand jury has indicted a San Diego man after he allegedly impersonated a federal agent, using the fake position to defraud over 25 Orange County victims seeking immigration assistance.

According to the Department of Justice, Davyd George Brand Jimenez, a 52-year-old San Ysidro man, was named in the 25-count indictment released Wednesday. Authorities are currently searching for Brand Jimenez.

The indictment states that Brand Jimenez pretended to be a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and used that title to scam victims.

“Brand Jimenez primarily targeted undocumented members of the Latino community, telling victims he could help them obtain work permits, legal United States residency, and U.S. citizenship,” the DOJ said.

Between April 2019 and Nov. 2020, the indictment states that Brand Jimenez charged victims between $10,000 and $20,000 as he scammed them.

“In addition to falsely claiming to be an ICE federal agent or a federal ‘Homeland Security’ official, Brand Jimenez allegedly sometimes told victims that he was a ‘G-18’ federal official, which is a non-existent position,” the press release said.

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