A lawyer from Queens, New York, has been charged with running a massive “asylum scheme.”
Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu reportedly lied on over more than 180 applications about the asylum seekers circumstances and so-called persecution.
Justice.gov reported that Dumitru Parcalaboiu was found guilty in Manhattan federal court of asylum fraud, making false statements to immigration authorities, and aggravated identity theft following a two-week trial before United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan.
This news comes as hundreds of caravan migrants storm the U.S. border, reportedly looking for asylum.
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A 43-year-old immigration attorney from Queens, New York was found guilty of asylum fraud, making false statements to immigration authorities and aggravated identity theft in a federal court on Nov. 19.
An investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu operated a scheme to submit fraudulent asylum forms. She knowingly submitted more than 180 applications in which she lied about the applicants’ personal narratives of alleged persecution, criminal and travel histories. Parcalaboiu deliberately fabricated detailed personal stories of purported mistreatment of her clients, forged her clients’ signatures and falsely notarized affidavits.
“Andreea Dumitru, an immigration attorney, scammed the asylum program, which was designed to provide safe harbor for the world’s most vulnerable people. She will now serve time in prison for her crimes,” Geoffrey S. Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.