A 330-pound ex-prizefighter sporting ruffled shirts and a well-groomed beard and moustache, Iosif Caza is the public face of Sacramento's 20,000-member Romanian community.
Caza heads the Romanian American Chamber of Commerce and the Romanian Cultural Center and recently hosted a Romanian American festival at Cesar Chavez Park.
But he's more famous in Romania, where the leading newspaper called him "The Biggest Human Trafficker in the U.S.," Caza told The Bee.
Today, Caza is due to trade in his tailored threads for an orange jailhouse jumpsuit – federal prosecutors expect him to be sentenced to nine years for his key role in one of the most brazen asylum fraud scams in U.S. history.
Caza was the chief interpreter and rainmaker for the Sekhon & Sekhon law firm, which boasted a 95 percent success rate in getting clients asylum based on a well-founded fear of persecution in their home countries.
Sacramento Bee, 9/24/10. Sentencing of Caza and the other Sekhon defendants is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. before Judge Damrell.