A Ghanaian lawyer based in the United States, Kofi Amankwaa, and his son, Kofi Amankwaa Jr., have been arrested and charged with orchestrating a seven-year immigration scheme that defrauded hundreds of immigrants, leading to some being deported.
The duo allegedly advised clients seeking green cards to submit petitions under the Violence Against Women Act, falsely claiming abuse by their American citizen children.
These claims were then used as a basis for requesting permission for clients to travel abroad, facilitating their green card applications.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, stated that the applications were often found fraudulent, resulting in denials and deportations.
The Amankwaas face charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and immigration fraud, each carrying maximum sentences of five and ten years, respectively.