New York lawyer Carlos Moreno sentenced for immigration scam

An unlicensed New York City attorney who defrauded immigrants tens of thousands of dollars through citizenship programs — including the common ’10-year green card’ scam — has been sentenced to a sentence of up to three years in prison on Wednesday.

Carlos Moreno, 61, has raised more than $140,000 from his clients, including two who continued to pay him thousands of dollars for months after he was disbarred in 2017, the district attorney’s office said. Manhattan.

In brief remarks during his sentencing in Manhattan Supreme Court, the crooked attorney apologized for practicing law without a license, but maintained he was an advocate for immigrants.

“I have dedicated my life to helping immigrants. And I believed I was helping my clients,” he told judge Maxwell Wiley.

Prosecutors said the hacking lawyer took on more clients and gave legal advice to dozens of immigrants after losing his license.

Beginning before he was even disbarred and continuing after he lost his license, Moreno defrauded undocumented immigrants by assuring them that they could stay in the United States if they had lived here for 10 years or more, prosecutors said.

Carlos Moreno was sentenced to up to three years in prison.
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He would complete the ruse – known as the “10-year green card scam” – by filing bogus asylum claims on behalf of the clients, triggering removal proceedings, the prosecutor’s office said.

His attorney told Wiley that Moreno currently works as an adjunct lecturer teaching constitutional and criminal law at the Borough of Manhattan Community College — a gig he “greatly enjoys.”

Moreno was sentenced to a minimum of one year and up to three years in state prison after being convicted of fraudulent scheme and practicing law without a license.

“These New Yorkers sought the legal services of Mr. Moreno to apply for permanent residency in the place they already call home. Instead, he took their fees and put them in situations that put them at risk of deportation,” District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement after the sentencing.

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