A Richmond Hill man is accused of pretending to be an immigration officer so he could pull off $1.75 million of green card and real estate scams that exploited 19 West Indian immigrants. Shane Ramsundar, 50, allegedly dressed like an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer—armed with an air gun and a fake badge—and convinced immigrants he could help them buy property or become legal residents.

Ramsundar allegedly told victims that because he worked as a government agent, he had first dibs on buying properties seized by the feds. With the help of his 46-year-old wife Gomatee and his 23-year-old daughter Shantal, Ramsundar was reportedly able to convince 10 immigrants to give him $1.5 million so he could buy properties for them in Queens and Florda, then transfer the deeds over to their names, the Times reports. The family also allegedly convinced 12 victims to fork over more than $250,000 with promises that Ramsundar would use his sway as an ICE officer to make them legal immigrants, keep them from getting deported, or remove their names from "terrorist watch lists," the Post reports.

The three suspects—who reportedly own a "race-car repair company in Long Island City"—pleaded not guilty. If convicted, they each could face up to 25 years behind bars. "Our immigrant community here in Queens can be especially vulnerable to deception and fraud," said district attorney Richard A. Brown. "Many of their immigrant victims are alleged to have implicitly trusted the defendants, who were West Indian like themselves." The charges against the Ramsundar family come after officials nabbed several accused immigration scammers in Queens.