A 43-year-old immigration attorney from Queens, New York was just found guilty of massive asylum fraud showing everyone what is at stake. If it is this easy and people are this ethically challenged, the system is ripe for abuse and more than explains the caravans we are dealing with.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) arrested and convicted Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu in her fraudulent scheme to game the asylum system.
She knowingly submitted more than 180 fraudulent asylum applications. 180 is a massive number and probably the tip of the iceberg with our weak system.
She helped the asylum applicants lie about their stories of alleged persecution, criminal and travel histories as has long been alleged as rampant by critics of the program.
This shows again that it is too easy to game the bureaucracy on these applications and shows that migrants who may not be worthy of asylum are coached by the unscrupulous to sneak past the gatekeepers.
Which is basically what Trump has been saying…how many times must a man be proved right?
“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.
According to the Superseding Indictment, other filings in Manhattan federal court, and the evidence presented at trial:
Between March 27, 2013, and 2017, DUMITRU operated a scheme to submit fraudulent I-589 Forms in connection with applications for asylum. Specifically, DUMITRU submitted over 100 applications in which she knowingly made false statements and representations about, among other things, the applicants’ personal narratives of alleged persecution, criminal histories, and travel histories. DUMITRU deliberately fabricated detailed personal stories of purported mistreatment of her clients, forged her clients’ signatures, and falsely notarized affidavits.
DUMITRU, 43, of Queens, NY, was convicted of one count of asylum fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory consecutive sentence of two years in prison. The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of Homeland Security Investigations and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review for their assistance.