Seeking immigration or legal advice sometimes comes with the risk that the person you are talking to is committing fraud.
The most public cases of these frauds are known as “Notario Fraud” or “Immigration Consultants Fraud.” Notarios or immigration consultants use false advertising and fraudulent contracts. They hold themselves as qualified to help immigrants to obtain lawful status or perform other legal functions. (You can read more about Fight Notario Fraud at the ABA).
Now, federal agents were indicted in an immigration fraud scheme led by a L.A. attorney. The indictment alleges two conspiracies against the US involving bribery and fraud, seven counts of bribery, as well as making false statements and misuse of government seals.
The U.S. Attorney stated in a statement,
The conspiracy was allegedly orchestrated by a Los Angeles attorney who paid bribes as high as $10,000 to officials with several agencies in the Department of Homeland Security to help secure immigration benefits for aliens he was representing.
The indictment claims alleged that Kwan Man “John” Lee bribed public officials to get immigration benefits for clients who paid him, at times, more than $50,000. Lee was charged in a previous criminal complaint and is not a defendant in the indictment.