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Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam to Obtain Personally Identifiable Information and Extort Money from Victims
Posted on 5 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 1, 2019 "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam... Read More

Tags: spoofing , Fraud , USCIS , DHS

University to Pay $1M Fine for H-1B Visa Fraud
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 16, 2018 - "Wright State University’s Board of Trustees has accepted responsibility for visa fraud offenses on behalf of the university and agreed to pay the federal government $1 million. Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney... Read More

Angelo A. Paparelli on FDNS, California and Immigration Enforcement
Posted on 7 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo A. Paparelli, Aug. 7, 2018 - California Can Revive the Immigrant Worker Protection Act by Challenging the Authority of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ “FDNS” Enforcement Officers "The State of California won... Read More

Tags: paparelli , fdns , Fraud , USCIS

CA7 on Fraud Waiver: Acquaah v. Sessions
Posted on 6 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Acquaah v. Sessions, Nov. 6, 2017 - "The Board erred when it treated the absence of a specific fraud charge as dispositive over the availability of a fraud waiver under § 1227(a)(1)(H). It should have considered whether the charge sustained... Read More

Wa. Atty. Gen. Shuts Down Immigration Scammers
Posted on 15 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Washington State Attorney General, Sept. 14, 2015 - "Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a Friday court order against EC New Horizons and EC Horizons requiring repeat offenders Edwin Cruz and Maurice Terry to pay $234,000. Cruz and Terry provided... Read More

USCIS Rolls Out H-1B Fraud/Abuse Reporting System
Posted on 3 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Apr. 3, 2017 - "We have established an email address dedicated to receiving information about suspected H-1B fraud or abuse." Read More

Tags: Fraud , H-1B , abuse , USCIS

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS Office of Inspector General, Sept. 8, 2016 - Potentially Ineligible Individuals Have Been Granted U.S. Citizenship Because of Incomplete Fingerprint Records "USCIS granted U.S. citizenship to at least 858 individuals ordered deported or removed... Read More

SEC Granted TRO in Wa. EB-5 Regional Center Lawsuit: SEC v. Path America
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is a link to a PDF combining the Complaint (pages 1-17) and the TRO (pages 18-27) issued Aug. 24, 2015 in SEC v. Path America, No. 2:15-cv-01350-JLR, W.D. Wa. Excerpts: "Since February 2012, defendants Lobsang Dargey; Path America, LLC; Path... Read More

Feds Charge Texas Immigration Scammer - Law360
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Law360, July 10, 2015 - "A Texas woman who authorities say ripped off immigrants in federal detention centers by pretending to represent attorneys has been charged with wire fraud and identity theft. Jessica Rivas Alva visited two detention facilities... Read More

E-Verify to Lock Theft-ridden SSNs: We Should All Worry
Posted on 20 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[I]t appears that the lockdown is a crude tool that will affect the proper owner of the SSN as well as the imposters who have stolen it. The lockdown apparently will cause anyone-- even the worker to whom the SSN properly is assigned-- to be given... Read More

Slavery, Visa Fraud & Harboring Charged in Texas: USA v. Nsobundu
Posted on 9 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Feb. 8, 2016 - "A couple residing in Katy has been taken into custody following the filing of a criminal complaint alleging forced labor, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbor an illegal alien and visa fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth... Read More

CA9 on GMC, Fraud: Wang v. Rodriguez
Posted on 29 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Wang v. Rodriguez, July 27, 2016 - "Lifeng Wang, a lawful permanent resident, was convicted of one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2320(a). Based on that conviction, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services... Read More

H-2B Visa Fraudster Sentenced to Prison, $100K Forfeiture
Posted on 6 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Milen Radomirski, age 34, a Bulgarian national residing in Germantown, Maryland, today to two years in prison for visa fraud. Judge Grimm also ordered Radomirski to forfeit $100,000. ... Radomirski admitted... Read More

Tags: Fraud , radomirski , H-2B

Free Training in D.C. in July - Fighting Notario Fraud: Consumer Protection Theories
Posted on 10 Jun 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Monday, July 23, 2012, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Bryan Cave LLP, 1155 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004 - How to Spot Notario Fraud and What Information to Collect From Your Clients When You Do; Filing Complaints Against Notarios in Maryland, Virginia... Read More