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Pinoys on Trial in Texas for "Smuggling" Teachers

EL PASO, TEXAS -- Three Filipinos were at the center of federal court proceedings in El Paso, Texas for illegally “importing” school teachers from the Philippines between 2002 and 2004.

Noel Cedro Tolentino, his wife, Angelica Tolentino, and his mother, Florita Tolentino, were indicted on 40 counts of federal offenses including conspiracy to smuggle aliens, visa fraud and money laundering, the Texas El Paso Times online edition reported Saturday, March 10.

The newspaper said the Tolentinos were allegedly involved in “white-collar smuggling scheme” to import Filipino teachers to Texas school districts.

It was learned that the Tolentinos, through OMNI Consortium based in Houston, have recruited 273 teachers from the Philippines, but only fewer than 100 of them actually had jobs waiting for them in Texas.

El Paso Times reported that officials from several El Paso school districts who hired some Filipino teachers are key players in the trial. FilipinoExpress


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