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6 men allegedly staged armed robberies to obtain crime victim visas

Six men are accused of committing armed robberies in multiple states to obtain crime victim visas, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday. WBBM-TV report.

The men are suspected of staging robberies in Chicago, Louisiana, and Tennessee between July 2022 and January 2024. The unsealed indictment states that after recruiting people to pose as robbers, the fake victims filed false police reports and applied for U.N. nonimmigrant status.

“Individuals pretending to be robbers attacked people they claimed to be victims.”

The U visa is “designated for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and who cooperate with law enforcement and government officials in investigating and prosecuting criminal activity.” US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The six people include Pars Nye (26). Kewon Young, 31 years old. Bikabhai Patel, 51 years old. Nilesh Patel, 32 years old. Ravinaben Patel, 23 years old. and Rajinikumar Patel, 32, were charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud. The men could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. Ravinaben Patel has also been charged with making false statements on a visa application, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Nye and Young planned the robbery with the Patels pretending to be the victims. The perpetrator brandished what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money and other belongings from the fake victim.

“At the direction of Nye and Young, the robbers on certain occasions beat the purported victims in order to make the staged robbery appear realistic,” the indictment states. has been written. amazing report. “The robbers stole items from the alleged victims and fled the scene.”

Federal prosecutors say Nye received thousands of dollars for participating in the visa fraud scheme. More than a dozen fake robberies were carried out at various locations including gas stations, fast food restaurants, coffee shops and liquor stores.

One of the planned robberies occurred at a Chicago liquor store in July. Surveillance camera footage showed the recruited robbers fatally shooting the 26-year-old clerk after employees and customers handed over their belongings. According to information, the clerk was punched in the abdomen. WLS-TV. Another bullet reportedly penetrated a plexiglass window. WLS reported that six people, including the store clerk, were robbed at the time of the incident.

Xavier Borjas, an immigration attorney with the Borjas Law Group, told WBBM that the men are accused of committing “pretty serious” crimes.

“It’s a shame because unfortunately there are a lot of people who are qualified.” [for U-visas] And I’m also a victim of these crimes, so hopefully I can get some sort of redress in some way,” Borjas said.

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