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SEC and USCIS Warn of EB-5 Investor Visa Scams

"The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC") Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") are aware of investment scams targeting foreign nationals who seek to become permanent lawful U.S. residents through the...

SEC Halts Texas-Based Scheme Targeting Foreign Investors Seeking U.S. Residency Through EB-5 Visa Program

"The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges against a husband and wife in Texas for stealing funds from foreign investors under the guise of an investment opportunity to create U.S. jobs and a path to U.S. residency. The SEC alleges that Marco and Bebe Ramirez and three...

Chicago Woman Indicted for Posing as Immigration Attorney

"Maricela Haro had an elaborate strategy for finding vulnerable immigrants and scamming them out of thousands of dollars. Some of Haro’s victims say her scheme revolved around winning their trust. It went like this: She falsely claimed that she was an immigration attorney, and that her...

E-Verify to Lock Theft-ridden SSNs: We Should All Worry

"[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 a "tentative nonconfirmation" (TNC) that...

Oregon Immigration Scammers Exposed

"Immigration lawyers say Snyder and Vega plied Interstate 5 from Portland to Los Angeles for four years, assuring undocumented immigrants they would help them earn work visas and citizenship quick—an appealing scenario for a process that usually takes years. Instead, victims say Snyder and...

H-2B Visa Fraud Indictment in North Carolina

"n 2008, Stanley Porter started a small company called Winterscapes LLC with a fake purpose: bringing in 150 foreign workers under the H-2B visa program to be snow makers in the mountains of North Carolina. But some of the workers didn’t even know what a snow maker was. Once they arrived,...

SEC Obtains Settlements in $150 Million EB-5 Immigrant Investor Offering Fraud

"On March 17, 2014, the U.S. District Court entered a consent judgment against defendants Anshoo R. Sethi, A Chicago Convention Center, LLC (ACCC) and Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago, LLC (IRCTC) for their roles in raising approximately $158 million dollars from close to 300 investors...

New Documents Added to USCIS Policy Manual

"USCIS Message: New Documents Added to USCIS Policy Manual Dear Stakeholder, New documents are now available for your review and comment. Please follow the instructions below. New or Revised Policies in the USCIS Policy Manual USCIS seeks your input on the USCIS Policy Manual< http://www.uscis...

Fraud and Willful Misrepresentation Grounds of Inadmissibility and Waiver: USCIS Policy Alert

"USCIS is issuing guidance on the fraud and willful misrepresentation grounds of inadmissibility under INA 212(a)(6)(C)(i) and the corresponding waiver under INA 212(i). This guidance, contained in Volume 8 and Volume 9 of the Policy Manual , is intended to be comprehensive and controlling and...

Minn. Attorney General Sues Immigration Scammer

"The Minnesota Attorney General's Office has filed a lawsuit against against a woman and her companies for allegedly posing as an attorney and charging immigrants thousands of dollars for legal work on immigration matters that she was not authorized to perform. The lawsuit was filed against...

BIA on Asylum Fraud: Matter of P-S-H-

"To terminate a grant of asylum pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 1208.24 (2013), the Department of Homeland Security must establish, by a preponderance of the evidence, that (1) there was fraud in the alien’s asylum application and (2) the fraud was such that the alien was not eligible for asylum...

H-2B Visa Fraudster Sentenced to Prison, $100K Forfeiture

"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 that he charged visa beneficiaries money in...

For Richer, For Poorer...For $5,000

"Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes today confessed to breaking federal law in 1997 by entering into an illegal marriage with an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant. Hayes, who is now engaged to Gov. John Kitzhaber, says she was paid approximately $5,000 to marry the man, Abraham B. Abraham. Hayes had kept...

Scammers Target Foreign Students in Chicago: ICE Alert

This SEVIS I-901 Fee Fraud Alert was broadcast on May 6, 2015 by ICE: "Recently, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) became aware that scammers are targeting students in the Chicago area in an attempt to solicit funds on behalf of the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information...

Feds Charge Texas Immigration Scammer - Law360

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 in Louisiana this year and offered the immigrants...

SEC Granted TRO in Wa. EB-5 Regional Center Lawsuit: SEC v. Path America

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 America SnoCo LLC; Path America Farmer’s...

Wa. Atty. Gen. Shuts Down Immigration Scammers

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 unlawful immigration assistance to over 400 Washington...

Former San Antonio Immigration Attorney Sued for Consumer Fraud: Texas v. Esquivel

"Paul A. Esquivel, a well-known former immigration attorney with offices across the state, for years filed fraudulent paperwork for his clients, giving them temporary work permits but leaving them in danger of deportation, state prosecutors alleged in a lawsuit filed this week in San Antonio. The...

Slavery, Visa Fraud & Harboring Charged in Texas: USA v. Nsobundu

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 Magidson. Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu, 56 and...

Prosecuting Immigration Services Fraud - ABA Webinar

ABA, Mar. 30, 2016 - "This program was designed for law enforcement on investigating and prosecuting immigration services fraud. This webinar , designed for law enforcement on investigating and prosecuting immigration services fraud, covers best practices for identifying victims and encouraging...

Couple Indicted for $20M H-1B Visa Fraud Scheme

Patrick Thibodeau, Computerworld, May 2, 2016 - "The U.S. government has indicted a Virginia couple for running an H-1B visa-for-sale scheme the government said generated about $20 million. Raju Kosuri and Smriti Jharia of Ashburn, Va., along with four co-conspirators, were indicted last week by...

CA9 on GMC, Fraud: Wang v. Rodriguez

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 (“USCIS”) denied her application...

GAO on EB-5: Progress Made to Detect and Prevent Fraud, but Additional Actions Could Further Agency Efforts

GAO, Sept. 13, 2016 - "GAO recommends that USCIS develop a fraud risk profile that aligns with leading practices identified in GAO's Fraud Risk Framework. The Department of Homeland Security concurred with GAO's recommendation."

'Operation Janus' IDs Deportable Aliens Wrongfully Naturalized

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 under another identity when, during the naturalization...

Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016)

Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016) - A fraud waiver under section 237(a)(1)(H) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(1)(H) (2012), cannot waive an alien’s removability under section 237(a)(2)(A)(i) for having been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude...