New York Immigration Groups Closing After Fraud Accusations

Daniel Wiessner, Yahoo! News, July 21, 2014

Two of the largest non-profit immigration service groups in the United States will shut down as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that accused them of defrauding thousands of clients, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Monday.

The International Professional Association will close immediately and the International Immigrants Foundation within two years, Schneiderman said. Their remaining assets of $2.2 million would be used to provide restitution to clients.

Schneiderman’s predecessor, now-Governor Andrew Cuomo, filed a lawsuit in 2010 against the groups and their president, Edward Juarez, who for three decades has been a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues.

Cuomo said the groups charged exorbitant fees for services including securing work permits and residency and that their workers falsely claimed to be lawyers. Juarez was accused of using the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and provide jobs for his former wife and children.

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The IIF and IPA, according to the suit, advertised their services as being free or inexpensive. But people who signed up had to make monthly payments and pay thousands of dollars in fees for different types of services.

Juarez and his workers then gave clients poor advice, including suggesting immigrants enter sham marriages to gain citizenship, or failed to file paperwork properly, according to the suit.

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  • New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

    That one is a real piece of work. When he was running for NYS AG in 2010, he promised to “give Al Sharpton a corner office in the AG’s office.”

    Cuomo said the groups charged exorbitant fees for services including securing work permits and residency and that their workers falsely claimed to be lawyers. Juarez was accused of using the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and provide jobs for his former wife and children.

    Illegal scams involving illegal aliens….what a surprise. Unless it isn’t.

  • MekongDelta69

    Brown and black FRAUD?!?

    Really? Seriously? This just CAN’T be.

    Say it ain’t so Joe…

    [Don’t make me put “/sarc” here.]

  • dd121

    They need to hire Obama as their community organizer.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Juarez was accused of using the money to fund a lavish lifestyle and provide jobs for his former wife and children.

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    All things considered, the money was reasonably well spent.

  • Suggesting a sham marriage is instantly criminal conspiracy. I can’t say I’m suprised that the perp’s name is “Juarez”.

  • 2eRep

    No comments from Bosstard?

    • Wholly Unconvinced

      “These immigrant workers were merely caught in the oppressive shackles of white racism while trying to bring the gifts of hard work and family values to America. Mexico is a friendly trade partner. Edward Juarez was just trying to follow the American dream and provide for his ex wife and 27 vibrant children.”

      Close enough?

    • Perhaps he is having an autistic evening on another site.

  • TruthBeTold

    Is there any minority uplift program that isn’t a criminal enterprise?

    • With English teaching schools, there is at least a measurable qualification for the alleged graduates, but even that is not enforced.

  • Spikeygrrl

    VOILA.