‘Supreme Commander’ Who Sought to Recruit Chinese Nationals for Phony Army Unit Pleads Guilty

Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2011

An El Monte man was sentenced to three years in state prison Wednesday in connection with a scheme to recruit 200 Chinese nationals and charge them for joining a phony Army Special Forces unit that he led as “supreme commander,” Los Angeles County prosecutors said.

Under the deal with prosecutors, Chinese national Yupeng “David” Deng pleaded guilty to three felony charges including false pretenses, manufacturing deceptive government documents and counterfeit of a government seal, said Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. As part of his sentence, he will be required to pay restitution to the victims.

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Authorities alleged that in 2008, Deng concocted a faux military unit he called the U.S. Army/Military Special Forces Reserve unit and persuaded other Chinese nationals, primarily in the San Gabriel Valley, to join it.

Deng told them joining the unit “was a path to U.S. citizenship” but authorities said Deng’s “U.S. Army/Military Special Forces Reserve” was actually an immigration scam that preyed on Chinese immigrants in the San Gabriel Valley desperate to become citizens.

As the self-titled “supreme commander,” Deng allegedly charged each recruit initiation fees as high as $450 and a $125 annual renewal fee. Recruits allegedly could promote themselves in rank by making cash donations to the defendant, prosecutors said.

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  • Anonymous

    The way things are getting, he could have called it the Chinese Military Yankee Smasher Invasion Force and no one would have raised an eyebrow.

  • Vick

    Gold Mountain Special Lucky Army Force Unit – NO White Monkeys Apply Here!

    Join Special Lucky Army Force and be Gold Mountain Citizen with Lucky Fortune!

  • Anonymous

    This sounds so typically Chinese. People criticize them for not being creative, but when it comes to thinking up these sorts of scams, I don’t think anyone else comes close.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds so typically Chinese. People criticize them for not being creative, but when it comes to creativity in thinking up these sorts of scams, I don’t think anyone else comes close.

  • weatherman

    You sure this isn’t some COINTELPRO false flag style buisness to flush out or build up another yellow peril/red menace situation. WHat if its a front? Chinese paramillitaries on U.S soil is not to be joked about considering their role in the wars in Malaysia Korea and Vietnam. Don’t forget Calderon’s meth deal with a Chinese immigrant from Shanghai. That Worthy oriental gentelman had 800 million stashed in his house, made from selling precursor chemicals Synthesized in China. I’m pretty sure thats enough to buy some heavy weight support in a California nearing collapse.Hell it would be poetic justice after the opium war. Cash takeover of California bought with the welfare money of the parasites that infest it.

    Wouldn’t be “creative”, but its not like the British didn’t show them exactly how to do it.

  • Lone Star Rebel

    Remember the old stories of how Chinese Coolies feared having their ‘pigtails’ cut off because ‘God’ wouldn’t have anything to grab hold of to lift them into paradise? In my opinion this guy got off lightly compared to what a Chinese court would have doled out for a similar offense. Somewhere in the deep dark recesses of the ‘news speak’ that pervades our media I remember hearing that China leads the world in executions for crimes against humanity and the state. And nary a whimper from the UN or amnesty international. I think they should have marched this guy out to the back of the Court House and summarily executed him. And published the video on You-Tube. The fact that the message would go out that Americans aren’t such big softies, anyway would be a lot like cutting off that Coolies ‘pigtail’

    Americans aren’t pushovers even if your country does own a good portion of our national debt and almost owns our economy.

  • Michael C. Scott

    Nice satire, Vick, but you left out the 8’s. Eight is a lucky number for Chinese, so “Gold Mountain Special Lucky Army Force Unit Number 888” would have been spot-on.

    As I recall, the character for “four” is the same as the one for “death”, hence the fascination with “eight”. A quick look on Wikipedia at Taiwanese naval ships, for example shows a distinct avoidance of the number “4” in ship hull numbers, and the South Korean Navy has done the same thing. The use of non-sequential hull numbers within ship classes by mainland China makes identifying such a trend there problematical.

  • Michael C. Scott

    The ironic thing, Lone Star Rebel, about the stubborn Chinese attachment to pigtails a century ago was that this hairstyle was imposed upon the Han Chinese as a sign of submission when the Manchus took over in 1644, founding the Quing Dynasty.

    As an aside, while the term “coolie” has perjorative connotations to the ethnically hypersensitive, it really just means something like “day laborer” in both Mandarin (kuli) and Cantonese (gu lei). The term is basically the same in Thai and Malay.