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Lake Elsinore Woman Sentenced for Flight School Immigration Fraud

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said the woman showed "reckless disregard for the immigration laws that are designed to protect this country."

Photo courtesy: ICE
Photo courtesy: ICE

A Lake Elsinore woman who owned a flight school in La Verne was ordered Monday to spend eight months under home detention for helping foreign nationals enter the United States for pilot training, an ongoing security concern since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Karena Chuang, 30, who owned now-defunct Blue Diamond Aviation, was sentenced in Los Angeles to five years probation, including the eight-month home detention period, and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said Chuang showed "reckless disregard for the immigration laws that are designed to protect this country."

Chuang pleaded guilty in 2012 to two federal counts of encouraging illegal entry to the United States for financial gain.

"I apologize to my family and my country," Chuang told the court. "I've learned my lesson."

Prosecutors said Chuang helped foreign nationals obtain visas to attend flight schools approved to train foreign students when the students actually intended to enroll at Blue Diamond, which was not approved to enroll foreign nationals in its pilot training program.

Chuang recruited students for her La Verne aviation school by offering lower tuition and a shorter training program than those offered by the authorized flight schools, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The investigation began in June 2010 when visa security officers in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Cairo bureau reported that two Egyptian nationals who had received visas to attend a Bay Area flight school admitted that they had, in fact, planned to enroll at Blue Diamond, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.


— City News Service.


VVV April 01, 2014 at 01:18 AM
Our own government encourages illegal foreign nationals to come here. She just decided to train them to fly at a reduced rate. Who cares if they decide to fly into buildings with planes loaded with explosives? (Tongue in cheek, by the way) This bitch should be tried for treason.
James P Hosty April 01, 2014 at 01:52 AM
She is a spy recruiting terrorists and should be waterboarded at Gitmo by our Gestapo, Homeland Security. Kick a foreigner for the Founding Fathers. Stop paying taxes to our government who, despite the above post, welcomes these money-hungry jackals as a source of sales tax revenue. Our military dictatorship needs to die on the vine like a mutant raisin; it is a parasitic insect which feeds upon the blood of true Americans
Ken April 01, 2014 at 02:17 PM
Gee I guess there is no where else in this whole world that runs a flight school. Simply amazeing. Now if the NSA was smart which I doubt they would have just set back and made a file on all those foreign nationals wanting to become a pilot and put them on their Hot List. And of course when they take their pilots licence exam just fail them so they can't have or ever get a USA pilots licence. The abreviation for Dumb As Fecal Matter is "NSA". They had a inside track similar to people registering for a medical Marijuana licence and BLEW it.
Sew Good April 01, 2014 at 03:36 PM
"five years probation, including the eight-month home detention period, and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine" That's it?? A slap on the wrist? For threatening our national security? Wow!
Dawn Carrasco April 02, 2014 at 01:17 AM
Ugh......

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