Pastor gets a year in prison for selling fake green cards

Posted on May 20, 2011


It seems his conviction may also be grounds to revoke his own permanent resident status:

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A Texas pastor convicted of making counterfeit green cards has been sentenced to a year in prison and faces the possibility of deportation.

Felipe DeJesus Coronel Pacheco was sentenced Friday to in a San Antonio federal court. The 55-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of making fake immigration documents.

Coronel was a Mexican-born pastor of an Austin church who had a legitimate permanent-residency card. The San Antonio Express-News reports he now faces the prospect of deportation.

Coronel did not list previous arrests for drug charges and drunk driving on his citizenship application. He told the judge he felt badly for doing damage to the country that provided him food, work and education.

Just a thought: given this man’s recently revealed criminal background as well as his most recent conviction, maybe he’s a fake pastor as well?

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Posted in: Crime, Texas