A Business of Lies

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Applying for an Immigration visa.

Asylum is the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams stated on December 20, 2022 in court “Asylum is an incredibly important benefit designed to protect the world’s most vulnerable people.” Which is a wonderful ideology that is based on a construct that no one is going to lie. But that is what Uladzimir Danskoi and Julia Greenberg did in order to profit off of the immigration systems. Not only did Danskoi and Greenberg engage in a business of lies, these two coached their customers to lie too.

Uladzimir Danskoi was the CEO of A New York City immigration services firm, Russian America, which worked primarily with people from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States seeking visas, asylum, citizenship in the United States. Jennifer Greenberg was a licensed attorney for Danskoi. Russian America, fully understanding that those clients did not legitimately qualify for asylum, had helped clients to obtain citizenship in a way they were were most likely to obtain asylum in this country. Meaning they constructed stories for each immigration petition to meet all criteria as a political refugee, regardless of how unqualified they were.

Danskoi and Greenberg worked hand in hand knowingly making false claims and coaching clients to lie under oath. Danskoi prepared and submitted to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services clients’ fraudulent asylum application documents and affidavits, including fraudulent stories of persecution. For example, Danskoi advised a client to seek asylum on the fraudulent basis that the client was persecuted in Ukraine for being a homosexual male, even though the client was very heterosexual and suffered no persecution. Greenberg’s task was to get the client to look the part of a political refugee. For instance, she instructed the man on how to appear homosexual, even going so far as to ignorantly advising him to shop at Macy’s for loudly colored pants and boots with chains on them to help fit the image of a supposed gay man.

Thankfully, Danskoi and Greenberg’s scheme was discovered. On December 20, 2022, both were found guilty of immigration fraud.

Great job by the Homeland Security in the investigation of this case.

Today’s Fraud of the Day is based on “Two Americans Of Belarusian Origin Convicted In U.S. On Immigration Fraud Charges” published by Radio Free Europe on December 21, 2022

A court in New York has convicted Uladzimir Danskoi, the head of the Russian America immigration company, and immigration lawyer Julia Greenberg, both originally from Belarus, of conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit immigration fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said on December 20 that the two were found guilty a day earlier of preparing fraudulent asylum affidavits and coaching clients to lie under oath during immigration proceedings. Danskoi, 55, and Greenberg, 42, may face up to five years in prison.

 

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.