Attorney General Lisa Madigan yesterday filed suit against a Chicago man for cheating consumers out of at least $10,000 for help with their immigration applications that he never provided.
Madigan filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court alleging Vytautas Lekarauskas fraudulently charged immigrant consumers upfront fees ranging from $40 to more than $1,000 each to assist with services and document preparation.
The lawsuit alleges Lekarauskas deceptively marketed and represented his website, http://www.USAimmigrationsupport.com, as an official government site. The website features a logo that closely mimics a federal seal next to the title “United States Immigration Organization,” and attempts to make consumers believe it is an official government site where they can obtain passports, visa and citizenship applications.
Lekarauskas’ website encourages consumers to apply for these federal documents, which are available for free through legitimate government sources, and charges substantial fees to simply apply – $149 for passport applications, $450 for green card applications, $680 for citizenship applications, for example. Consumers never received the documents for which they applied, according to the complaint.
The Attorney General received 11 complaints against Lekarauskas from consumers who reported losing at least $10,000. The Better Business Bureau has also received 52 consumer complaints against the defendant.