By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

Jenny Hernandez, a South Florida business owner of Immigration Form Center Inc. (IFC), has been sentenced to prison for her role in a visa fraud immigration scheme. Hernandez attempted to obtain visas with false information for individuals from overseas.

According to court records, Hernandez knowingly made false material statements on Form I-140s - immigrant petitions for alien workers. The defendant stated in applications she filed with USCIS that individuals from overseas were to be employed at certain businesses as executives or managers. However, these businesses never knew about these individuals, and furthermore, never made employment offers to them. Hernandez profited from these misrepresentations, by receiving between $14,200 and $50,900 from individual applicants. Hernandez also filed an application for an overseas individual to work at her bakery as an executive or manager, when the individual was only selling jewelry inside the bakery. This individual paid $64,000 to the defendant. Additionally, Hernandez filed I-485 applications, on behalf of other individuals. These payments were deposited into business checking accounts primarily controlled by the defendant.

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