BROOKLYN, NY – Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, an indictment was unsealed charging Haiyan Liao in connection with a scheme to commit visa fraud, money laundering and illegally bring Chinese nationals into the United States for financial gain. Liao was arrested this morning in Las Vegas, Nevada and will make her initial appearance tomorrow in United States District Court, District of Nevada before U.S. Magistrate Judge Elayna Youchah.
Seth D. DuCharme, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, David P. Burns, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Jeffrey A. Thomas, Deputy Assistant Director of Investigations, U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, announced the arrest and charges.
“As alleged in the indictment, Liao aided and abetted aliens who paid thousands of dollars for her fraudulent immigration services,” stated Acting United States Attorney DuCharme. “The defendant provided fake documents and coached her accomplices regarding how to lie during visa interviews and customs checks. Our Office and our law enforcement agency partners remain vigilant and committed to protecting the integrity of the immigration process and our border security and preventing criminals from seeking profit in the subversion of the rule of law.”
The United States benefits from the rich diversity of culture and experience which results from lawful immigration into our country,” stated Acting Assistant Attorney General Burns. “This defendant, however, is charged with submitting false applications for visitor visas to the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou and engaging in money laundering as part of a multi-year alien smuggling business that brought Chinese nationals into the United States illegally. This indictment underscores that those who seek to thwart our system of legal immigration to line their own pockets will be prosecuted.”
“The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is firmly committed to protecting the integrity of all U.S. visas and travel documents,” stated DSS Deputy Assistant Director Thomas. “This case is the result of a strong partnership among federal law enforcement agencies and DSS’ global network of special agents working together to stop visa and passport crimes, and to stop criminals from earning illegal income by exploiting U.S. visas, passports, and foreign nationals.”