Lawyer arrested for selling fake work visas to buy cemetery plots
Oct 21st 2009 7:30PM
Updated Dec 4th 2009 5:05PM
The arrest, which happened last Thursday, barely made newspaper headlines. But what a scheme! Over a ten year period, the fraudsters allegedly established fake businesses in order to file for work visas. They then sold the immigrant and non-immigrant work visas to aliens enabling them to move to the U.S.
The attorney, Kelly Einstein Darwin Giles, and business associates Joseph Wu and May Wu, worked at a purported law firm known as the East West Law Group in West Covina. According to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the group submitted fraudulent employment-based immigration petitions and supporting documentation to Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Labor.
To carry out their scheme, Giles, Wu and Wu submitted false information concerning the availability, nature and location of jobs, in addition to the existence of employers and the wages that would be paid for these purported jobs. According to the criminal complaint, the trio established nearly a dozen shell or fictitious companies. They would then petition the government for work visas for aliens to come to the United States for the purpose of working for the fake companies.
In truth, however, the aliens did not actually work for the fake companies and they did not perform the jobs described in the fraudulent petitions.
They probably figured this would be a good business. After all, cemetery plots are generally recession proof. But in this case, their decade-long scheme resulted in a dead end.