AMY TAXIN

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Officials say they have arrested a former Armenian consul and an immigration attorney following a two-year investigation into an alleged document scam.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say in a statement Tuesday that 52-year old former consul Norair Ghalumian (Nor-EHR' Guh-LOOH'-mee-ehn) and four others are accused of obtaining and selling letters to immigrants facing deportation to help block their removal to Armenia.

ICE says the letters stated that Armenia would not issue a travel document for the immigrant, essentially blocking the U.S. government's ability to send that person to Armenia.

Ghalumian and the four other defendants are scheduled to appear in federal court in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon.