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Sunnyside Attorney Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Asylum Application Fraud

Andreea Dumitru (New York State Office of the Attorney General)

May 9, 2019 By Laura Hanrahan

A Sunnyside-based immigration attorney has been sentenced to five years years in prison for operating a asylum fraud scheme, the Department of Justice announced yesterday.

Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu, 43, was convicted in November of last year of having submitted more than 100 asylum applications where she knowingly included false statements about the applicants, including fabricated narratives of persecution, criminal histories and travel histories. She also was found guilty of forging their signatures and falsely notarizing affidavits.

Dumitru, whose law firm was located at 48-23 Skillman Avenue until last year, carried out the scheme for years, from 2013 and 2017.

“Using lies and forgery, Andreea Dumitru, an immigration attorney, cheated the nation’s asylum program,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. “For her crimes, Dumitru will now spend five years in prison.”

As part of her sentencing, Dumitru was ordered to pay $157,500 and will also undergo one year of supervised release.

Dumitru’s law firm at 48-23 Skillman Ave. closed in July 2018 Photo: QueensPost

Just months before the asylum fraud conviction, Dumitru was entangled in another legal scandal. In May 2018, she pleaded guilty to helping Evgeny Freidman, known as the “Taxi King,” evade paying more than $5 million to in MTA taxes.

As part of a plea deal, she was ordered to pay $25,000 in criminal restitution and to cooperate with ongoing investigations by the state Attorney General’s office relating to Friedman’s taxi business.

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ICE ICE Baby

I’ve met her numerous times through my work with the government. Smug, sanctimonious, and was quick to look down on you. I’m actually quite glad justice has been served. I wish her sentence was longer.

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Joseph

Reading this,makes me think what world we live in!?
It is shame that she is going to serve only 5 years in preason…she deserved to be locked for much longer ,so the others like her will be aware of the LAW!

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Sara Ross

She committed a federal crime and she’s also ugly looking. I wish ICE would go after all of the Eastern Euro garbage in Forest Hills who use NYS benefit cards, are getting Section 8 housing and medical care (without paying a dime) but yet drive nice cars and live in those disgusting mental institution architecture houses.

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Anonymous

The worst of evil. and also convicted twice. Five years not enough. she should get hard labor too.

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Tyronne Fauntleroy

Yep bye bye!!! disbarred and sent to the Klink!! I love it. Someone ratted u out. Hey ICE go find all the liars and scam artists she helped . Hope Aliceville or Victorville or Waseca are to your liking.

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A.Bundy

only 5 years in prison for committing a serious federal crime? wow. thats just sad. nothing but a slap on the wrist. makes sense in liberal controlled nyc. criminals are an important demographic for democrat vote support and are aggressively protected.

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Tyronne Fauntleroy

If it was a state crime why is the EDNY a Federal jurisdiction prosecuting a state charge?? They have no jurisdiction on local charges . How is that??

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Arvin

Kind of puzzling how the same people who want her jailed for falsifying immigration documents are also calling for open borders!!!

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Why does that sound completely false

Is there any reason to believe she’s calling for open borders? Or can we just dismiss that immediately as completely false?

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Arvin

Why should someone go to jail for falsifying immigration documents?..While at the same time there are candidates for potus and local politicians calling for open borders and no vetting process..that is the point!!!

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wat

That’s a cool story but…Is there any reason to believe she’s calling for open borders?

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Arvin

I guess it’s fair to say if you are Romanian and wish to come to the USA you are subject to a vetting process. If you come from Mexico or Latin America you are welcome to walk right in!!!!

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wat

That’s a cool story but…Is there any reason to believe if you come from Mexico or Latin America you are welcome to walk right in!!!!

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bxgrl

You know that for a real fact? In the real world, real facts are all that matter.

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Princess Vespa

Yuuup. Trash. Her not the clients. It’s really sad to hear how many people trusted her to help them with assylum and to have this. Please make her pay for her three hots and a cot.

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Astorian

They also need to deport all of the people she did fraudulent applications for? Then go down the street to the next immigration attorney, who is surely doing similar things.

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