- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Sacramento nonprofit is under investigation for allegedly claiming adult adoption is a path to legal immigration.

KCRA-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1RINZeL ) that dozens of FBI and immigration agents served Americans Helping America a search warrant on Tuesday. No charges have been filed against the business.

Agency Chairman Dr. Helaman Hansen says the investigation is likely due to a former employee, who inappropriately handled adoptions.

Attorney Joseph LaCome has filed a class action lawsuit against the organization accusing AHA of fraud.

He says dozens of immigrants say they paid $5,000 to $10,000 to be adopted, thinking it would lead to citizenship.

Adult adoption is legal and is commonly used for estate planning, formalizing parent-child relationships and to care for a disabled adult. LaCome says it has no bearing on immigration status.

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Information from: KCRA-TV.


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