Federal statutes, including the Immigration and Naturalization Act and the Federal Criminal Code, set forth a variety of conduct which may constitute immigration fraud. Immigration fraud commonly takes the form of “benefit fraud”, which is the willful misrepresentation of a material fact on a petition or application to gain an immigration benefit, or “document fraud”, which is the manufacture, counterfeit, alteration, sale, and or use of identification documents and other fraudulent documents to circumvent immigration laws or for other criminal activity. Human smuggling, human trafficking, terrorism, labor and employment violations, visa compliance violations, and national security matters may also constitute or occur in conjunction with immigration fraud. Immigration fraud is investigated by a number of federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor.
Immigration fraud is subject to significant criminal penalties, including considerable fines and terms of imprisonment of up to twenty-five (25) years, as well as substantial civil fines of up to $5,500.00 per fraudulent document. There may also be dire immigration consequences for an alien who is convicted of immigration fraud, including ineligibility to enter or remain in the United States, ineligibility for U.S. citizenship, deportation, and limitation of other benefits otherwise available under the Immigration and Naturalization Act. Finally, anyone who aids and abets or conspires to commit immigration fraud, including anyone who assists in the preparation and filing of fraudulent immigration documents, may also incur civil and criminal liability.
Given the high stakes involved, it is imperative that individuals facing immigration fraud charges choose an attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to defend such a case. I have chosen to focus my practice on White Collar Crimes, including immigration fraud matters. I fight hard to enforce the rights of my clients, and I believe in the integrity of that fight.
Over the last 38 years, I have earned a successful track record in high stakes white collar matters and have argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as other federal courts throughout the country. If you have questions or concerns about an immigration fraud matter, I invite you to contact me directly to discuss it at (212) 639-1600 or Patrick@MullinDefense.com. You will discuss your concerns with me personally—never an associate or a paralegal. In addition, you should know that your contact with me, and with my firm, is privileged under the law, regardless of whether or not you decide to retain my firm to represent you.