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Sunnyside Attorney Will Head to Prison After Running Asylum Fraud Scheme

Andreea Dumitru’s law firm on Skillman Avenue. (Google Maps)

Nov. 20, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

An immigration attorney based in Sunnyside was found guilty on Monday of operating a large, years-long asylum fraud scheme, and will now serve time in prison for her crimes.

Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu, who ran the Attorney at Law office near 49th Street and Skillman Avenue, was convicted of making false statements to immigration authorities, identity theft and fraud in a scam that lasted from 2013 to 2017. She was charged with immigration fraud back in March.

“Andreea Dumitru, an immigration attorney, scammed the asylum program, which was designed to provide safe harbor for the world’s most vulnerable people,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in a statement.

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

Dumitru, 43, was found to have submitted hundreds of fraudulent documents in connection to applications for asylum. In the applications, she knowingly made false statements and misrepresented personal narratives of applicants, writing details of alleged persecution, criminal histories, mistreatment and more.

Apart from making up narratives for her clients to be granted asylum, she forged their signatures and falsely notarized affadavits.

While Dumitru has been found guilty of a total of three counts relating to the asylum scam, she has yet to have her prison sentence laid out. Her asylum fraud conviction carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, while her false statement crime carries a maximum sentence of five years.

A mandatory consecutive sentence of two years in prison, additionally, is in store for her aggravated identity theft offense.

The guilty verdict comes months after another legal fiasco Dumitru was tangled in. She pleaded guilty in May to helping Evgeny Freidman, known as the “Taxi King”, commit massive tax fraud while he ran his fleet of 800 cabs under Taxiclub Management Inc.

She agreed to pay $25,000 in criminal restitution as part of her plea, and to cooperate with ongoing investigations by the state Attorney General’s office relating to Friedman’s taxi business.

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7 Comments

Abdalkwy.Abdalla

Good I am not sorry for her I’m feel sorry for the people who trusts in here I believe she could make more money if she did it in Anise professional away

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Old as Dirt

Not condoning but cant help thinking about these lying lawyers down at the border telling people what exactly to say to beat our laws (immigration/asylum fraud to the max) ..& they are viewed as some kind of heroes

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George Kelly

Good RIDENCE…LOCK THE S.O.B UP..PREDATORS.THEY WERE ALL IN THE POCKET OF THE CORRUPT DEMS FOR YEARS..ALL OF EM..NOW LET’S GET DIBLASIO AND HIS CRONIES..P.S.KING CUOMO TOO..BUMS..IT FIGURES IT’S ON THE SKILLMAN AVE SIDE…LIBS BEGET LIBS

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Robert Harris

wow, i hope she realizes that crime doesn’t pay. She raked in a lot of money in her schemes, for what, to get plastic surgery? Look at that mugshot, she looks a lot older than 43. She will be 65 when she gets out, assuming the judge is nice enough to give her consecutive sentences. Good Riddance!!!

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