Monday, February 6, 2023

Feeling Needed

Khatija Khan says she started her company with good intentions, in 2014, to provide services to immigrants involved in filing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). But it became apparent her main intention was to commit fraud by swindling immigrants seeking help with the...

Which Fraud Leads to Jail

Volodymyr Ogorodnychuk was a not good manager. Ogorodnychuk, of Key West, Florida managed four companies, Paradise Choice, Paradise Choice Cleaning, Tropical City Services and Tropical City Group. All staffing companies in southern Florida. These companies contracted with Keys’ hotels, bars and restaurants to provide...

Committing A Fraud As A Fraud

In spring of 2022, the Labor Department testified at a congressional hearing that they estimated there could have been “at least” $163 billion in unemployment-related “overpayments,” an estimate that includes wrongly paid sums as well as benefits obtained by malicious actors. One such malicious actor...

Dennis the Menace

Ibrahim Aksakal (aka Dennis), 50, of East Patchogue, N.Y., coordinated the transportation and birthing care of Turkish women who were fraudulently entering the U.S. using tourist and business visas. The women hid their pregnancies with the end goal of obtaining birthright citizenship and medical...

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...

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...

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...

The Price of Citizenship

The going rate for American Citizenship is $725. (This includes fees for the application and a background check.) Because the process can be a bit complex, impatient individuals seeking citizenship sometimes take a shortcut by enlisting the services of unscrupulous fraudsters who promise faster...

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...