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Two men in New York faked robberies of immigrant businesses so they could get benefits.

'02.01.2024'

Alina Prikhodko

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In New York, criminals developed a fictitious criminal scheme: they staged robberies of migrant businesses so that they could receive special status, reports New York Post.

The scam allowed robbery “victims” to obtain special visas, Massachusetts prosecutors said. Rambhai Patel, 36, and Balwinder Singh, 39, were arrested on December 13 and charged with conspiracy to defraud.

Patel and Singh staged “at least eight” staged robberies, federal prosecutors said. According to the plan, the “robber” threatened the store clerk with a firearm, and then snatched cash from the cash register in front of the store’s security camera.

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Sellers would wait five minutes or more until the robber had fled before calling the police to report the crime. They developed this scheme and launched it in March 2023.

The purpose of the robberies was so that store clerks could apply for a special “U visa.” It allows immigrants who have been mentally or physically abused and who help prosecute criminals to remain in the country for four years.

Singh, who was arrested in Queens, has already appeared before a federal judge in Boston. Patel, who was arrested in Seattle, was taken into custody pending trial. He will appear before federal prosecutors in Boston soon, prosecutors said. Both defendants face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250.

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