New York public notary pleads guilty in NH to aiding and abetting visa fraud
CONCORD — A Brooklyn, New York man pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding and abetting visa fraud, U.S. Attorney John J. Farley said.
According to court documents, the case came out of an investigation into falsely notarized documents used to obtain visas.
Mohammed Abdul Baten, 65, falsely notarized forms as a notary in Brooklyn, New York, aiding false and misleading petitions to the National Visa Center (NVC).
When a legal immigrant seeks to petition to have other relatives enter the country, the NVC requires that the petitioner demonstrate sufficient income to support them once they arrive. If the petitioner does not have enough income, he or she may submit paperwork in which another person, i.e. the “joint sponsor,” agrees to provide financial support for the new arrivals. The joint sponsor also is required to document his or her own income and assets to ensure sufficient resources will be available. The joint sponsor is required to complete an I-864 form under penalties of perjury.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 3.