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Somerset County attorney arrested for visa fraud

NEW JERSEY – An attorney operating a law firm in Somerset County was arrested Wednesday for allegedly making false statements in visa applications, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.

Steven G. Thomas, 52, of New Hope, Pennsylvania is charged with preparing and filing false visa applications on behalf of clients. He was scheduled to appear Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni, Sellinger said.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Thomas, who operates a law firm in Montgomery Township, New Jersey, encouraged clients to apply for asylum under fraudulent pretenses. He advised clients regarding the manner in which they were most likely to obtain asylum, knowing that these clients did not legitimately qualify for asylum. Thomas also prepared, or caused to be prepared on behalf of those clients, fraudulent applications and affidavits, which were submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

A confidential informant working for law enforcement met with Thomas in January of 2020. Thomas filed on that person’s behalf a visa application containing numerous false statements in April 2020.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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