Alleged birth tourism operators enter pleas

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Federal prosecutors also unsealed indictments of 16 more people, who are considered fugitives who are all linked to three alleged Southern California birth tourism companies that catered to Chinese clients.

The three people in custody have been charged with "conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, worldwide money laundering and identity theft", according to the DoJ statement.

Federal agents raided three apartment complexes and several other sites being used as maternity houses or hotels across Southern California in March in 2015, saying they catered to wealthy women from China who paid $15,000 to $80,000, depending on services offered.

USA prosecutors announced on Thursday they had dismantled three secret "birth tourism" networks that illegally offer Chinese expectant mothers the chance to give birth in California so their children will have U.S. citizenship.

The businesses-which were raided by federal agents in 2015-billed Chinese women tens of thousands of dollars to travel to California to deliver their babies in American hospitals so the children would automatically obtain USA citizenship, prosecutors said. The indictment also alleges that Liu and Dong used 14 different bank accounts to receive more than $3.4 million in global wire transfers from China during 2013 and 2014.

More than a dozen others, including the operator of another such business, also face charges but are believed to have returned to China, said the US attorney's office in Los Angeles.

"The operators of these birthing houses show contempt for the United States while they were luring clients with the power and prestige of U.S. citizenship for their children", U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna said.

"America's way of life is not for sale", said Joseph Macias, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles, in a statement to Fox News.

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'Are some of them doing it for security because the United States is more stable?

More than a dozen others, including the operator of another such business, also face charges but are believed to have returned to China, said the United States attorney's office in Los Angeles.

The company You Win USA dated at least to 2010 but advertised having brought 8,000 women to the United States - half of them from China - since it claimed to have been started in 1999. The businesses have long operated in California and other states and cater to well-to-do couples from China, Russia, Nigeria and Turkey.

This week, a federal grand jury indicted four people who were accused of running the three birth tourism businesses until the 2015 stings.

According to the indictments that charge the operators of the schemes, they coached their Chinese customers how to pass the US Consulate interview in China by falsely stating that they were going to stay in the US for only two weeks.

Each business brought hundreds of customers to give birth in the United States and some didn't pay all of the medical costs tied to their care, prosecutors said.

In one instance, a couple paid the indigent rate for hospital bills-a total of $4,080-even though they had more than $225,000 in a US bank account they had used to shop at luxury stores including Louis Vuitton in Beverly Hills.

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