USCIS Obtained Sentencing for Large-Scale Immigration Fraud

Today’s US Immigration Current News

Tampa, Florida – Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on May 8 received a favorable judgment in the case against Rosa Cingari and Domenico Cingari who were sentenced to 12 years and 8 years imprisonment respectively for making a false statement in immigration applications, conspiracy, and mail fraud. The Court presided over by U.S District Judge Charlene E.Honeywell, also ordered the Cingaris to forfeit a property located at 130 West Park Street in Lakeland, which was used to facilitate the offenses. In addition, the Court ordered the payment of $740,880, as money judgment and the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.

It will be recurred that a federal jury had found Rosa and Domenico Cingari guilty on November 9, 2016. And they were both indicted on July 9, 2015. In the evidence presented at the trial, Rosa and Domenico Cingari were accused of owning and operating R.E.P.C. Accounting and Translations outside their home on West Park Street in Lakeland.

They were accused of assisting illegal immigrants in obtaining Florida driver licenses and filing fraudulent immigration documents. In particular, both were found to have filed I-589, Applications for Asylum and Withholding of Removal forms; I-130, Petitions for Alien Relative forms; and I-765, Work Authorization forms.

The applications and petitions submitted to USCIS by the Cingaris were found to containing materially false information. These fraudulent immigration documents were filled in order to obtain USCIS I-797C Notices of Action. They went further to put their mailing address on all of the fake forms so that USCIS would mail the Notices of Action to their business. Upon receiving the Notice of Action, they then sold them to their alien clients. These liens client of the Cingaris were charged between $500 and $1,300 for the fraudulent immigration applications. In total, the amount of $740,880 were collected from their clients throughout the period.

According to Katherine Baranowski, USCIS Tampa Acting District Director, “In maintaining the integrity of our immigration system, USCIS has zero tolerance for fraud.”  The case against the Cingaris was investigated by both U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and USCIS. This is why is so important to only work with reputable agencies such as Inmigracion Xpress, a company based in Hialeah immigration experts.

In a related development, USCIS has announced that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions. The USCIS has started returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Besides, USCIS said it might be unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions as a result of the high volume of filling.


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