Non-profit investigates fraud against Latin American immigrants


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Desperate for work, Gerardo Llanque, a Peruvian immigrant, visited an employment agency in search of a job five years ago. He paid $120 in exchange for a temporary construction position. When Llanque arrived at the address where his job was supposed to be, he found an abandoned house.

“It can be exasperating not to find work, and you get desperate,” said Llanque to a translator.

When Llanque returned to confront the employment agency, workers told him the person who promised him the job was no longer with the company and that he should return at 9 p.m. that night. When Llanque demanded to speak to someone, employment agency workers threatened to call the police.

An upturn in fraud against Latin American immigrants searching for jobs or seeking immigration has sparked an investigation into 51 Queens businesses. Conducted by the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center and the New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) – a non-profit organization based in Jackson Heights – the study surveyed locals and conducted “mystery shopper” investigations, where trained community members examined employment agencies and Immigration Service Providers (ISP). Mystery shoppers surveyed agencies along Roosevelt Avenue, focusing on the contracts, signage and disclosure agreements that are germane to immigration. According to NICE executive director Valeria Treves, the study illustrated that laws protecting immigrants from fraud are either ineffective or unenforced.

“The report grew out of necessity to further investigate what was going on in the community,” said Treves. “Those rules and regulations are being routinely violated.”

According to Treves, the start of the recession brought a flood of complaints against employment agencies, grifting desperate and jobless people out of their money. Eighty percent of people surveyed during the study had gone to an employment agency, paid $122, and did not receive a job. The advance fee was not refunded.

One mystery shopper was promised a green card if she forked over $7,000.

A common violation surrounds ISP officials offering unlawful legal advice. More than a quarter of the study’s mystery shoppers received legal guidance beyond the scope of what the individual was trained to provide. In most cases, Treves said, the advice was erroneous.

Treves said the language barrier provides other opportunities for scammers to take advantage of those new to the country. According to Treves, in Spanish, the word “notario” means a high-powered lawyer. However in English, a notary is simply someone who acts as a witness but does not have any legal training.

While Treves was unable to provide exact data on how many Latin American immigrants are victims of fraud annually, she said the number is sorely underrepresented.

“Victims of fraud are nervous about coming out,” said Treves. “They are worried that they’ll get in trouble with immigration.”

To combat fraud in the Latin American community, Treves says her group hopes to close the loophole for scammers by ending employment agency’s advance fees. She said they also want to push for a tighter definition of the unauthorized practice of law to prohibit those without proper training from giving legal advice to those in need.

Llanque said his experience made him wary of turning to agencies for help. He fears the company that scammed him controls other local employment offices and he could become a victim of fraud again.

  • Mikhail Kryzhanovsky

    Confidential

    Mike Rogers, Chairman
    U.S. House Committee on Intelligence
    133 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    March 12, 2013

    Dear Mr. Rogers,

    On June 29, 2012 I’ve contacted Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, Washington, DC 20511, 703-482-130 on CIA “Millenium Hilton” top secret program. William Shea from the Office answered: ” I still see no proof of any connection to the CIA, and you have not explained how the CIA is effecting your life at this time. What is happening to you that you want to have stopped?” On June 30, 2012 same William Shea sent me e-mail:”CIA told me that “Filament” doesn’t exist”.
    I want to inform you, Mr. Rogers that I do exist and I am the part of CIA/FBI/U.S. Secret Service program which I call “Millenium Hilton”, (New York hotel where CIA agents recruit and work with the members of this program, and where I was recruited on September 1, 1995 as a joint CIA and FBI National Security Division “project”).
    The purpose of this program is to secure CIA, FBI and U.S. Secret Service self-preservation. That’s why they control the White House and the U.S. Congress and kill politicians if needed. My alias was “Filament”, the job was to penetrate the White House and the U.S. Congress and also work a a sniper and “stay close to President Bill Clinton” which means his assassination. That’s why I wrote “The Professional” system (top political management ) for Bill Clinton.I have a special CIA status – I could make my own decisions what to do and how to do the job. I refused to kill and that’s why I’m under severe CIA pressure – the Agency wants me back no matter what.
    In 2001 I’ve asked Senator Hillary Clinton to help me fight CIA which kept pressing me – I couldn’t get my family here. I’ve asked Lus Mendes, Hillary
    Clinton’s Immigration Dept Chief to tell her boss that I’ve saved Bill Clinton’s life by refusing to work for CIA. After that Hillary Clinton helped me.
    Later Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand refused to look into CIA/FBI anti-American conspiracy and both informed me that “national security is not their business”.
    On July 2, 2008, Barack Obama, who was running for the U.S. President, made a statement: “We can’t rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We got to have a civilian national security force that just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded”. Since then he is the target of the “Millenium Hilton” program.
    I had a possibility to neutralize Barack Obama. On March, 20, 2010, I’ve received an invitation for a dinner with President Obama and Speaker of the House Pelosi from DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) signed by Ian Sugar, Director of Development. Sugar sent to me couple of personal e-mails and explained that I pay $15,999 (credit card) and on May 13, 2010 at 6.00 PM I come to St. Regis Hotel, New York and enjoy a dinner with Obama.
    On June 8, 2010, I got the letter from the US Office of Special Counsel Patrick Fitzerald: “Mr. Kryzhanovsky, You allege that CIA Director violated the Hatch Act through his role in the “Millennium Hilton” operation. We reviewed this matter, and as explained below, we are closing our file without further action. The Hatch Act prohibits government employees from engaging in political activity while on duty. Your allegation that Mr. Panetta is involved in a CIA-FBI conspiracy, which you call the “Millennium Hilton” operation, even if true, is not activity that falls within the prohibitions of the Hatch Act. Therefore , we are closing the above referenced file. Erica S. Hamrick”.
    On October 12, 2010 I had a meeting with U.S. Secret Service agents who informed me that I’m still on CIA program as “Filament” and I could work for Secret Service too. We talked about the vulnerability of Obama’s security – the agents got pretty nervous and blamed Rahm Emanuel for that.
    On January, 20, 2011 I talked to FBI agent Eric Perry. He said I talk too much and I made “high authorities, people on the very top extremely nervous”. He didn’t explain if it was FBI Director Robert Mueller, the White House Chief of Staff or somebody else.
    On August 30, 2012 I had a meeting with another Secret Service agents , who asked me again if I can and if I want to kill President Obama.
    Looks like President Barack Obama is really CIA/FBI/U.S. Secret Service next target.I ask you, Mr. Rogers, to investigate this case.

    Mikhail Kryzhanovsky
    a former KGB spy and CIA “Filament”

    • Spyhunter

      Mikhail Kryzhanovsky – an aging loser. On WWW he known as MICKEY-NOJOB-NOMONEY.
      In 1995, seeking a better life, he moved to the U.S. Currently living in New York without citizenship and certain occupations.

      In the network Kryzhanovsky (MICKEY-NOJOB-NOMONEY) is represented as “brilliant superspy,” “the most powerful (dangerous) spy in the world”, “eminent political scientist of world renown”, “the founder of Applied Political Science”, “author of the top political management”, “founder of the online Institute U.S. national security”, which “could become the president of Russia” and has become a “US president de facto”, etc.

      “About the “genius superspy”, “an outstanding scientist of world renown” and “US president de facto” at the same time” – http://u.to/qJYNAw