A Grenadian is facing up to seven years in prison after he appeared in a court in New York, charged with several fraud related offences involving three undocumented Caribbean immigrants including a Jamaican.
The Jamaican and the other immigrants, who are from St. Kitts-Nevis, sought his services to process work permits and green card applications.
The accused, 55 year old James Archibald, is due to return to court on August 8.
Mr. Archibald was arraigned on Monday on a 10-count criminal complaint.
He is accused of grand larceny, immigration assistance services fraud, and related charges for allegedly stealing US$8,520 from the immigrants.
New York District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said the investigation into the matter began in January after two of the unidentified victims filed complaints against Mr. Archibald.
Mr. Gonzalez said between October 2016 and May 2018, the accused was paid to process and expedite work permit and green card applications with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on the complainants behalf.
He failed to provide the promised services.
When the complainants demanded the return of their money, Mr. Archibald allegedly told victims that he would report them to immigration.
He has also failed to return passports to two of the victims.