Mr. León and his wife made the two-hour trip by train and subway to Corona to meet with one of the two pastors, Gregorio Gonzalez. He told them that all they had to do was to fill out a form and provide $8,000 each in cash and some personal identification documents, Mr. León recalled. The green cards would be ready in a month.
It seemed too good to be true. And it was, according to prosecutors in the Queens district attorney’s office.Mr. León and his wife are among at least 120 illegal immigrants in the New York region, most of them Ecuadoreans, who the authorities say were defrauded out of a total of nearly $1 million by Mr. Gonzalez, 56, and two accomplices who were arrested in March and April. The authorities say it was one of the region’s largest cases of immigration fraud in recent years.
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To deliberately use the guise of Christ to abuse, defraud or harm others... I think this may be as close as it comes to the one thing scripture calls unforgivable: sin against the Holy Spirit.