(ABC News) Federal authorities charged a Sacramento man Thursday with running what they called an unusually creative scam that promised U.S. citizenships to hundreds of immigrants across at least seven states in return for fees as high as $10,000.
Helaman Hansen operated a Sacramento nonprofit called the Americans Helping America Chamber of Commerce.
He was indicted for offering adult adoptions as a pathway to citizenship for people who were in the country illegally.
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His agency promoted the adoptions, which are legal and are routinely used in estate planning, to make parent-child relationships official and to aid in the care of a disabled adult.