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New York City man who scammed immigrants is sentenced

We read recently of a New York City man who is off to federal prison lying to immigrants and defrauding them. The 49-year-old Manhattan man is to spend the next six years in federal prison for impersonating immigration agents and falsely promising to help undocumented immigrants obtain permission to stay in the United States and in some cases, become U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said, the man "not only defrauded his victims of money but also undermined their trust in the immigration system."

According to a news report about statements by law enforcement officials, the man committed his crimes in New York and Connecticut.

The news report states that the man claimed to be a "boss" in the immigration system and that he could sign papers that would allow immigrants to stay in the U.S. or be detained and deported. None of it was true.

He was paid thousands of dollars to help families with the complex paperwork, but wound up doing little but taking their money, their documents and copies of their IDs. Prosecutors said the man would sometimes pretend to make phone calls to his co-workers in the federal government to try to convince his victims that he was legitimate.

You might recall that two months ago, the New York attorney general warned that scammers and posers might appear in immigrant communities to issue threats that if they were not paid, ICE officials would take immigrants into custody for deportation.

If you need help with immigration issues, contact a Staten Island attorney who has years of experience helping immigrants with naturalization, as well as deportation issues.

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