Two individuals have been convicted in separate US immigration fraud cases and have been sentenced to prison. This has been revealed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Donna Campagnolo District Director for USCIS Los Angeles said that the convictions give out a strong message. This is applicable to anyone who intends to misuse the community or cheat the US government.
37 years old Jessica Godoy Ramos of Lynwood in California has been sentenced for forging the identity of an attorney in New York. She filed petitions for immigration representing overseas nationals who believed that she was a genuine lawyer.
Ramos has been sentenced to fifteen months in federal jail. She will spend 6 months in home detention after completion of this sentence, as quoted by the USCIS GOV.
Dolly M. Gee the presiding US District Judge termed the crimes as disgraceful. The judge also ordered that Ramos pay 29, 693 $ as compensation to 16 victims that have been identified. Ramos received 10s of 1000s of dollars from overseas nationals. These sought her services in their attempts to obtain legal status in the US.
Ramos filed immigration applications by using the name of the genuine attorney on behalf of some of the overseas nationals. However, in some of the cases, she never actually performed any services for the clients.
The second individual to be sentenced US immigration fraud was 54 years old Hee Sun Shim of Hancock Park, California. He is the owner of 4 schools. Shim enrolled 100s of overseas nationals to falsely obtain documents for immigration. This permitted them to remain in the US as students, though they rarely attended classes. He has been sentenced to fifteen months in jail and asked to surrender 450,000 $+.
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