Last week, it was announced that a Laguna Beach, California attorney had admitted to submitting dozens of fraudulent visa petitions and failing to report the money generated by her fraud to the IRS. According to the plea agreement, 53-year-old Mihae Park has agreed to plead guilty to two felony offenses. She will plead guilty to one count of visa fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. The defendant is scheduled to make her initial appearance on January 14.
The plea agreement explains that Park submitted at least 25 immigrant and non-immigrant work visa petitions to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Those petitions contained false information. The petitions, which were filed between 2000 and 2017, contained several errors. For instance, Park used an alias, Michelle Park, as the petitioner’s employer contact. She also stated petitioners had employees who were actually retired or decreased.
In 2013, Park submitted two fraudulent petitions on behalf of an Orange County educational company for two people she claimed were going to work as a music instructor and a Chinese language teacher. Ultimately, the company did not know or hire the two individuals. The company did not offer Chinese language or music classes. The defendant also admitted to filing false tax returns for the years 2009 through 2014 by failing to report $763,418 for the period. Further details can be found here.