An immigration attorney from New Jersey has been charged with visa fraud for submitting more than 150 phony forms on behalf of his clients in an effort to grant them an exception to stay in the country, authorities said.
Charles J. Lore, 43, of Denville, drafted the fraudulent I-129 forms in connection with applications for temporary non-immigrant worker visas, known as O-1 visas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release.
When handled lawfully, the “no-objection letters” are sent on behalf of trade associations that represent actors, musicians, and artists seeking to remain in the United States.
Lore also allegedly stole the identity of another attorney and filed approximately 200 additional petitions for the same exception under the unsuspecting attorney’s name.
The scheme ran from April 2011 to January 2015, officials said.
Lore, whose law office is on 6th Avenue in Manhattan, is charged with visa fraud, aggravated identity theft and mail fraud.