Los Angeles-area imposter attorney sentenced to prison in marriage fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES — A Santa Fe Springs man who posed as an attorney as part of an elaborate immigration fraud scheme in which at least 87 foreign nationals – mostly Chinese citizens – paid tens of thousands of dollars to be “married” to United States citizens was sentenced Monday to...

Information Technology Firm Pays $1 Million to Settle Allegations of Visa Fraud

DALLAS—Sistemas Globales S.A., an Argentine information technology and consulting firm, has agreed to a civil settlement of allegations that it and its corporate affiliates, including U.S. affiliate Globant LLC (collectively “Globant”), violated the False Claims Act and the...

Trump’s Immigration Policies May Give Rise to More Fraud, Experts and Advocates Warn

by Erik Ortiz The community space used by the San Diego nonprofit Border Angels bustles during free advice sessions. In recent weeks, as many as 40 people have shown up for a single event in need of immigration help — up from the typical two or three, said founder Enrique...

Homeland Security Announces Steps Against H1B Visa Fraud

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced steps on Monday to prevent the fraudulent use of H1B visas, used by employers to bring in specialized foreign workers temporarily, which appeared to fall short of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to...

Owner of Los Angeles immigration advocacy business sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for immigration fraud

LOS ANGELES – The owner and operator of a Los Angeles-based business known as the Coalición Latinoamericana Internacional (CLI) was sentenced Wednesday to five years and two months in state prison after pleading guilty to felony charges involving grand theft, attempted perjury,...

SEC Charges Businessman With Misusing EB-5 Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against an Oakland, Calif.-based businessman accused of misusing money he raised from investors through the EB-5 immigrant investor program intended to create or preserve jobs for U.S. workers. The SEC alleges...

San Bernardino terrorist’s brother pleads guilty in immigration fraud case

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Syed Raheel Farook, the brother of deceased San Bernardino attacker Syed Rizwan Farook, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in an immigration fraud case stemming from the investigation of the Dec. 2, 2015, attack in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead...

SEC Charges Lawyer With Stealing Investor Money in EB-5 Offerings

Washington D.C., Dec. 27, 2016 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a California-based attorney with defrauding investors seeking to participate in the EB-5 immigrant investor program, stealing their money to buy a yacht and prop up his other businesses. The SEC...

U.S. Charges 61 People, Groups in Alleged IRS, Immigration Scheme

U.S. officials have charged 61 people and groups in connection with an alleged international scheme in which people impersonating IRS and U.S. immigration officials extracted more than $300 million from their victims. Earlier this month, a grand jury in Texas indicted 24 people...

Business owner, 2 firms face visa fraud charges

By Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. — Federal prosecutors in New Jersey said Monday the part-owner of two information technology firms and an employee fraudulently used a visa program to reduce skilled labor costs. Prosecutors filed conspiracy charges against Sowrabh Sharma, of New...
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