Two Lawyers and Office Worker Convicted of Immigration Fraud Offenses Following Jury Trial

Manhattan, New York - Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Feng Ling Liu, Vanessa Bandrich, and Rui Yang were found guilty yesterday in Manhattan federal court of one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. Liu, Bandrich, and Yang, who were initially charged in December 2012, were convicted following a 19-day jury trial presided over by U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “As the jury found, Feng Ling Liu, Vanessa Bandrich, and Rui Yang assisted immigrants in obtaining asylum status under false pretenses, including by using concocted tales of persecution. These defendants will now join the 27 others who have been convicted in connection with this sprawling immigration fraud scheme.”

According to the Indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, public court filings, and the evidence admitted at trial:

Liu, a lawyer, operated two law firms—the Law Offices of Feng Ling Liu and Moslemi and Associates Inc.—both of which assisted aliens from China in obtaining asylum status through fraud. Liu and her employees profited by creating and submitting asylum applications containing false stories of persecution purportedly suffered by alien applicants. Bandrich worked as a lawyer at one of Liu’s firms, Moslemi and Associates Inc. In that capacity, she prepared certain clients to tell false stories of persecution in immigration court proceedings related to their asylum application. Bandrich also opened a separate law firm, Bandrich and Associates Inc. (Bandrich firm), that assisted clients in obtaining asylum status through fraud. Yang was an office worker at the Bandrich firm and helped the firm’s clients prepare their false asylum applications.

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