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New York Immigration attorney found guilty of operating asylum fraud scheme

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Following an by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Investigations (HSI) in with U.S. and Immigration Services (USCIS), Andreea Dumitru, an immigration attorney based in Queens, , was found guilty Nov 19 in Manhattan federal court of asylum , making false statements to immigration authorities, and aggravated .

Dumitru, aka Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu, 43, of Queens, , knowingly made false statements and representations on more than 100 asylum applications. He was convicted of one count of asylum fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in , one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in , and one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory consecutive sentence of two years in .

According to the superseding indictment, other filings in Manhattan federal court, and the evidence presented at , 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 histories.

Dumitru deliberately fabricated detailed personal stories of purported mistreatment of her clients, forged her clients’ signatures, and falsely notarized affidavits.

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