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Family Bond

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Today’s fraudsters – a husband and wife from Corona, California – would probably prefer to erase their family ties to a terrorist couple who shot 14 people to death in San Bernardino back...

Typical Fraudster

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website states that the H-1B Visa program allows U.S. companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in a specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations tend to be...

Love Triangle

Today’s fraudster from Tamuning, Guam must have trusted his American friend implicitly. He convinced said “friend” to marry his girlfriend so she could receive a permanent resident card. (She was unlawfully present in the United States under the Guam Visa Waiver Program, which was...

Red Thumbed

U.S. Citizenship comes with many rights and responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is to respect and obey federal, state and local laws. A Haitian woman living in Winter Haven, Florida was so desperate to obtain U.S. Citizenship that she committed immigration fraud by lying...

I Swear

When an individual swears under oath, that person is verifying that what they are saying is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. A former Social Security Administration (SSA) employee in Sacramento, California swore under oath to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

Visa Switcheroo

The owner of a North Dakota firm that purported to help employers find employees under temporary visa programs pleaded guilty to immigration fraud in November 2019. Catherina Knecht (also known as Catherina Rheeder), owner of Liberty Immigrations & Visas, fraudulently obtained visas for foreign...

Fraudsters Need Not Apply

With the assistance of four co-conspirators, a married couple from India thought they could scam the government by applying for more than $20 million in illegal immigration benefits under the H-1B visa program, but their plan was exposed and now they are looking at...

Pay-to-Stay Scheme

Fraudsters typically steal from government programs by lying on official documents or paying kickbacks for benefits. In the case of immigration fraud, fraudsters find people willing to pay to prevent deportation or prison. Today, we look at a “pay-to-stay” scheme in Detroit where about...

Overstaying Your Welcome

Fraudsters tend to think that sham marriages are an easy path to gaining U.S. Citizenship. As evidenced by the actions of two immigrants from Trinidad and a pastor and Army sergeant from Colorado, that is not so. Participating in a sham marriage usually leads...

Forget Wedded Bliss

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Feds used fake wedding sting for arrest, conviction in immigration marriage fraud case,” published by Democrat & Chronicle. The undercover investigation yielded the arrests and convictions of four people involved in the scam.

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