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Monday December 19, 2011

More Than a Dozen Fake Cheerleaders From Colombia Arrested or Deported

More Than a Dozen Fake Cheerleaders From Colombia Arrested or Deported

Photo: More Than a Dozen Arrested or Deported in Colombian "Cheerleader" Scheme

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Earlier this year, 16 people pretended to be cheerleaders traveling from Colombia to the U.S. for a cheer competition. However, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials foiled their plan, and last week announced that the last member of the group pled guilty to visa fraud.

On September 30th, nine adults and six children illegally entered the U.S. by way of Miami International Airport. They claimed they were part of a Colombian cheerleading team from Cali, and that they were on their way to a South Florida competition.

ICE officials claimed the group planned to enter with falsified visas, “become visa overstays and [then] never leave the country.”

Monday, December 12, the last of seven co-defendants, Duastin Salazar, 28, pled guilty to visa fraud and was sentenced to time served two years of supervised release.

The seven minors, along with two of the adults were not charged and were sent back to Colombia.