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NY attorney charged for immigration fraud

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2016 | 1:14 PM

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services says an immigration lawyer has been arrested in New York for defrauding immigrants, including Caribbean nationals.

The agency says Gnoleba Seri of Brooklyn, New York has been charged for immigration fraud and aggravated identity theft.

It says Seri allegedly used his legal knowledge to circumvent the law and forge documents that are critical to obtaining an immigrant visa.

The US immigration authority says Seri is charged with one count of visa fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; one count of aggravated identity theft, which carries a mandatory consecutive minimum sentence of two years in prison; and one count of mail fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.