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Latino Daily News

Tuesday March 15, 2011

U.S. Embassy Official in Dominican Republic Warns of Immigration Fraud Schemes

Bruce Kraft who heads the fraud unit at the United States embassy in Santo Domingo has warned that many Dominicans are being cheated with promises of getting a lottery visa to the U.S.

Kraft reaffirmed that the Dominican Republic is not included in the lottery visa program. Interviewed on a local television station (CDN), Kraft said a lot of Dominicans received e-mail messages asking for money in order to qualify for a chance to get a visa to come to the U.S.

This is the first evidence of fraud, he said, since the government “never asks for money to be sent by Western Union.” In addition, the Dominican Republic does not qualify for the visa lottery because this is a program for countries that have much fewer immigrants in the U.S.

The U.S. official also warned against the use of counterfeit documents to apply for legal immigration to the U.S. if a family member in the U.S. is sponsoring them here. Use of counterfeit documents such as wedding certificates or birth certificates containing false information, are criminal offenses that can lead to them being arrested in the Dominican Republic, he warned.