California Immigration Lawyer’s Fraud Scheme

California Immigration Lawyer’s Fraud Scheme

According to a Department of Justice news release, an Immigration Lawyer in California plead guilty to widespread visa fraud. Mihae Park admitted to submitting at least 25 visa petitions to USCIS that contained false information. Examples of her fraudulent actions included using an alias as the petitioner’s employer contact, listing dead people as petitioner’s employees, using fake Social Security numbers, and submitting fake tax returns.

Consequently, the US government seized almost $300,000.000 of Ms. Park’s funds that she received for filing fraudulent petitions. The government also took her 2012 Ferrari California and her 2015 Volkswagen GTI.

Park, plead guilty to one count of visa fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. After pleading guilty, Park faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison on the visa fraud charge.

Ms. Park was also mentioned in Do Hoon Kim v. DHS. That case concerned SPC Kim, a distinguished soldier in the US army. SPC Kim was awarded the Army Achievement Medal for professional and exemplary service and a Good Conduct Medal for exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity in active federal military service.

SPC Kim’s application for naturalization was denied due to inaccurate information in his application. The inaccurate information originated from an E-2 Dependent visa application that Ms. Park had previously prepared and filed for SPC Kim. The Government eventually agreed to naturalize the soldier.

Visa fraud is a serious crime and applicants should properly vet their immigration attorney before proceeding. For more information about reporting visa fraud and avoiding scams, please see the following link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/contact-us/reporting-fraud.html.