Immigration Scams: Good Feelings and Double-Dealing

Anna M. Hill and Susan E. Reed

For more than a decade, Wilfredo Banos persisted through the challenges of living in the United States undocumented. One day he met with an attorney who promised to make him a US citizen. At the end of the consultation, the lawyer hugged him, leaving Wilfredo with a good feeling. The lawyer then charged Wilfredo more than $3000, including unauthorized credit card charges, and filed a frivolous asylum claim, landing Wilfredo in deportation proceedings. That lawyer was Michigan attorney Charles Busse.

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