|Chris LaRiche preyed on "remarkably vulnerable" immigrants|
Chris LaRiche, the "Lothario Notario" whose crimes we detailed in a January cover story, was sentenced for theft-by-swindle this morning.
Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Paul Scoggin opened the hearing with an overview of the case: Mario Alberto Martinez-Alanis used a stolen identity, "Chris LaRiche," as part of a scheme to rip off undocumented immigrants. He opened a business downtown where he claimed he could help undocumented immigrants obtain legal status.
Instead, he stole their money and threatened to report his clients to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Martinez-Alanis' victims were "remarkably vulnerable" due to their legal status, Scoggin said. Trying to describe Martinez-Alanis' crimes, Scoggin said "words fail me." More »