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.
via Courthouse News Service.
Minnesota Lawyer Blog brings to our attention that a new advisory committee has been formed to recommend a new U.S. Attorney.
The current U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones has been nominated to serve as the permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and his confirmation hearing is expected to be held soon, the release states.
Judge Timothy O’Malley of the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings and the former head of Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will chair the committee, which will also include Annamarie Daley, a Minneapolis attorney in private practice; former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger; Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall; Donald Lewis, Dean of Hamline Law School; retired St. Louis County Judge Carol Person; and Chief Thomas Smith of the St. Paul Police Department.
The committee will review letters of interest, conduct interviews, and offer guidance to Klobuchar and Franken. In the press release, Klobuchar stated that the candidate should be a seasoned, respected attorney who is fair-minded, able to work productively with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and who is committed to seeing that justice is done under the law and for the people of Minnesota.
Those wishing to be considered for the position of U.S. Attorney should submit letters of interest by June 3, 2013 to: Judge Timothy O’Malley, U.S. Attorney Advisory Committee, c/o Caroline Holland, Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar, 1200 Washington Avenue South, Suite 250, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Letters may also be e-mailed to email@example.com.
via Senators’ committee will advise on new U.S. attorney – MinnLawyer Blog.