The Department of Justice announced the sentencing of three Missourians on Aug. 28 for their role in defrauding legal immigrants to the US. The first was sentenced to 130 months in prison; the second to 82 months; and the third received a sentence of 366 days. All three pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud charges.
The three in this particular case created a company—Immigration Forms and Publications (IFP)—and made it appear affiliated with the federal government; its employees were immigration agents who took advantage of unsuspecting immigrants seeking to file documents with the federal government.
Together, they schemed to charge immigrants for government paperwork that is already free and available to the public and for made up fees and services.
“Immigrants who come to this country and try to play by the rules deserve fair treatment under the law – not to be bilked out of their hard-earned savings by those looking for a quick buck,” said Stuart F. Delery, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We are pleased to have worked with our law enforcement partners to bring to justice the leaders of this fraudulent operation.”
Tammy Dickinson, a U.S. attorney in Missouri, said the company ‘exploited’ thousands of law-abiding immigrants and ‘preyed’ on them. “[They] are being held accountable for their fraud and deceit,” said Dickinson,
This case serves as a warning for immigrants to ensure the trustworthiness of the person handling their immigration status: only ask certified professionals like a licensed immigration attorney in Sacramento to advise you on the process. Since immigration proceedings are highly complicated, the advice you get from a good immigration lawyer like those from the Law Offices Of Lawrence Gruner, Inc. could mean the difference between living in the U.S. or not.
When you speak with a reputable Sacramento immigration attorney, you can expect to have your needs addressed with a strategy specific to your case. Immigration rules and restrictions play a huge role in an immigrant’s life; good attorneys recognize how important your immigration goals are to you — that’s why they’ll do their best to spare you from the lies and deceit to help you out in any way they can.