A man has been sentenced to a 10-year jail term in the US for a visa scam. He had cheated undocumented migrants out of $600,000 by promising them Permanent Residence in the US.
According to the US Attorney’s Office of Northern Dist. of Illinois, James Keegan has pleaded guilty to one count of committing wire fraud. Prosecutors said that Keegan ran a fake immigration consultancy firm from west Berwyn in 2017 for 9 months. He made false claims about being an attorney at the US Dept. of Homeland Security. He also claimed to have connections there. Keegan offered a variety of services and even promised to provide citizenship for a price.
Keegan scammed over 200 undocumented migrants in excess of over $687,000 in cash. His fee, on average, was about $3,000 per applicant.
The prosecutors said that Keegan was not an attorney nor did he work for the US Dept. of Homeland Security. He has also never filed visa applications for any of his clients. He spent the money mostly on personal expenses which included gambling losses.
The prosecutors also said that Keegan made false approval notices for his clients. He also tried buying fake immigration documents to hide the scam.
On searching his mobile phone and laptop, Officials found that he tried purchasing 35 blank residency cards from an online provider.
While he was running the fake visa services, Keegan was under court supervision. He had previously served jail time for investment fraud, as per ABC7.
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