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DSS Investigation Leads to Sentencing for Milpitas, CA, Corporation

Press Statement
San Francisco, CA
October 9, 2012


Circuit Board Maker Sentenced for Immigration Offense

On October 9, 2012, Vector Fabrication Incorporated was sentenced to pay the United States government $75,000 for violating federal immigration law in Milpitas, CA, Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent In-Charge, San Francisco Field Office, Dean K. Shear announced today.

According to public court records, Vector Fabrication Incorporated is a printed circuit board maker located in Milpitas, California. Between July 2007 and May 2009, Vector Fabrication Incorporated instructed 28 aliens to surrender their certificates of alien registration to corporate officers during their stays in the United States. Certificates of alien registration (often called “I-94” forms) are stamped into the passports of visiting aliens at immigration checkpoints and aliens must personally possess them while they are in the United States. Vector Fabrication Incorporated previously pleaded guilty to one federal misdemeanor count of Aiding and Abetting the Failure to Possess Alien Certificates of Registration, in violation of Title 8 U.S.C. § 1304 (e) and Title 18 U.S.C § 2, in federal court in San Jose, California

This investigation was initiated by Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Special Agents based at the American Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in January 2009, when some of the aliens reported being mistreated during their stays at the Vector Fabrication factory in Milpitas. DSS Special Agents in San Francisco then served a federal search warrant on the factory on October 21, 2009, and seized evidence which resulted in this conviction and sentencing.

“The sentencing of Vector Fabrication Incorporated sends a strong message: The Diplomatic Security Service is committed to making sure that those who commit visa and passport fraud face consequences for their criminal actions,” said Dean Shear, Special Agent in Charge, San Francisco Field Office. Diplomatic Security’s strong relationship with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies continues to be essential in the pursuit of justice.”

Persons with information about entry visa frauds are encouraged to contact the Diplomatic Security Service in San Francisco at (415) 705-1176, or at any American Embassy or Consulate overseas.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of more than 280 foreign missions in 162 countries around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at

Barbara Gleason
Diplomatic Security Public Affairs

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