Friday, March 19, 2010

Man Indicted for Impersonating DHS Employee, Defrauding Illegal Aliens

"South Florida man who posed as immigration official indicted in immigration benefit fraud scheme"

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) special agents arrested a South Florida man on March 15 for his alleged involvement in an immigration benefit fraud scheme where he is alleged to have impersonated a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee in an attempt to obtain money from illegal immigrants by falsely promising them immigration benefits to remain in the United States.

Parasharm Maharaj, aka Paris Maharaj, 66, of Sunrise, Fla., was indicted on March 9 in a six-count indictment charging him with mail fraud, presenting false immigration applications, encouraging illegal aliens to remain in the United States, and impersonation of a federal employee...

According to the indictment, from Aug. 2004 through Sept. 2005, Parasharm Maharaj engaged in a scheme to defraud in which he charged illegal immigrants approximately $4,000 each to file applications for immigration benefits on their behalf.

Maharaj submitted fraudulent employment authorization (Form I-765) and fraudulent applications for temporary permanent residence (Form I-687) on behalf of aliens, allegedly knowing the aliens were not entitled to receive the benefits sought. During the execution of his scheme to defraud, he falsely purported to be a DHS employee. The indictment alleges that Parasharm Maharaj received more than $60,000 from the illegal immigrants he defrauded...

If convicted, Maharaj faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison on each mail fraud charge, 10 years on each charge of presenting a false immigration application, 10 years on each charge of encouraging illegal aliens to remain in the United States, and three years in prison on the impersonating a federal employee charge. He made his initial appearance in federal court in Miami on March 16.
Anyone with information that someone may be falsely representing to be an immigration officer or other DHS employee, can report that information or suspicion to the ICE tipline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE (1-866-347-2423)."

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Got him!