November 28, 2006, - 5:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
How interesting. In my earlier post, today, I wrote about how two Edison, New Jersey cops were sent to counseling for doing their job and helping ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) arrest Rajnikant Parikh, an illegal alien ordered deported.
Apparentely, the web is even more tangled. Now, I’ve discovered that, in October, Parikh’s lawyer, Jonathan Saint-Preux, the lawyer’s wife, and a third party are under indictment for immigration fraud.
From the Justice Department press release:
NEWARK – An Irvington lawyer, his wife and a third individual were arrested today on an eight-count federal Indictment charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States and with immigration fraud, U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie announced.
The Indictment charges Jonathan Saint Preux, 44, an attorney specializing in immigration law at the law offices of Jonathan Saint Preux in Irvington; his wife, Michele Saint Preux, 40, who is the firm’s office manager; and Naranjan Patel, 47, who recruited clients for the firm. They are accused of fraudulently assisting a large number of immigrant aliens to live illegally in New Jersey and elsewhere in the United States.
According to the Indictment, the defendants falsely represented that the aliens had lived unlawfully in the United States before 1982 so that such aliens could qualify for legal residency under an amnesty immigrant program sponsored by the federal government. . . .
The Indictment charges the defendants with, among other things, attempting to fraudulently cause the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) to approve a large number of Applications for Status as a Temporary Resident (Forms I-687), and other immigration documents. An I-687 is a petition for an alien to become a lawful resident in the United States.
The defendants prepared at least 800 such petitions, a large number of which were fraudulent. According to the Indictment, the Jonathan Saint Preux law office received thousands of dollars from many of the aliens for the preparation and filing of the fraudulent I-687s.
The Indictment further charges that in preparation for aliens’ interviews with CIS regarding the I-687s, the defendants conspired to instruct such aliens, including seven cooperating witnesses specifically discussed in the Indictment, to falsely claim to CIS that
they had lived unlawfully in the United States before 1982.
So, he is indicted for immigration fraud, but the cops who helped arrest his illegal alien client are the ones punished and sent to counseling. What’s wrong with this picture.
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