Texas man sentenced to 3 years in prison for defrauding immigrants by claiming he could provide legal status for money

SEATTLE – A 50-year old Texas man was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to three years in prison and three years of supervised release for his scheme to defraud individuals seeking immigration benefits, the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs...

ICE Boston and US Attorney announce sentencings in major document and benefit fraud cases

BOSTON – ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston and the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts announced the sentencing in federal court yesterday of several Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles clerks for their role in a scheme to produce false identification...

Indianapolis immigration attorney pleads guilty to fraud scheme and identity theft in relation to ‘U-visa’ applications

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis immigration attorney pleaded guilty Thursday to defrauding U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and more than 250 of his clients by filing false visa applications and reaping about $750,000 in fraudulent fees. This guilty plea was...

Naturalized US citizen living in NM pleads guilty to marriage fraud

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A naturalized U.S. citizen residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a felony marriage fraud charge arising out of a scheme to obtain immigration status for foreign nationals. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)...

Lost In Translation – Notarios take advantage of Texas’ immigrant communities

By Andrew Brandt If there’s one legal issue in Texas that could likely be wiped away if it was given more attention, it’s the notario situation. According to Austin immigration attorney Robert Loughran, in Latin America and Spain, a notario publico is more than a lawyer—it’s a...

Improved Security Procedures for Refugees Entering the United States

New measure announced by the White House will raise the bar for national security, plug potential security gaps. WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the implementation of improved security procedures for refugees entering the United States. These new measures...

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...
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