U.S. Attorney: Elk Grove Man’s ‘Adult Adoption Scheme’ Preyed on Undocumented Immigrants

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SACRAMENTO--

The Department of Justice announced charges against an Elk Grove man for what they say was an adult adoption scheme that defrauded people living in the country illegally.

Helaman Hansen, 63, was arrested Thursday.

Prosecutors say Hansen sold memberships to a so-called "Migration Program" between October 2012 and January 2016. He claimed his program could help people become legal citizens by being adopted.

Annual fees to the program grew as high as $10,000, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Hansen is charged with charges relating to mail and wire fraud. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.