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Man pleads guilty to smuggling fake cheerleaders into U.S. from Colombia

Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images via CBS Miami

Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images via CBS Miami

(CBS/AP) MIAMI - F-R-A-U-D. What's that spell? FRAUD!

S-M-U-G-G-L-I-N-G. What's that spell? SMUGGLING!

A man authorities say tried to help smuggle 16 Columbians into South Florida disguised as a cheerleading squad pleaded guilty to visa fraud Monday.

Duastin Salazar, 28, was sentenced to time served, two years of supervised release and fined $100.

Immigration officials said the group posed as a cheerleading team visiting Florida for a competition when they arrived at Miami International Airport on September 30. According to CBS Miami, the "cheerleaders" had fraudulent documents permitting them to enter the U.S.

Six other people previously either pleaded guilty or were convicted in the case. The other nine people allegedly involved, including seven minors, were returned to Columbia.

G-O-T-C-H-A. What's that spell? GOTCHA!

  • Crimesider Staff

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