UPDATE: Fake immigration attorney identified; had been deported 3 times

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Update:

Gwinnett Police have identified the suspect in the fake immigration attorney case and police report he has already been deported three times. He has been identified as Eddi Bueno-Cabrera, from the Dominican Republic. According to records, he also is a convicted felon.

“Additional victims have come forward claiming to have been scammed by the fake illegal attorney.  But, the lead investigator fears that there are still victims who have not reported this crime,” Cpl. Michele Pihera, public information officer for Gwinnett County Police Department said in a press release. “Eddi Bueno-Cabrera has six warrants for his arrest, but additional warrants could be added if more victims come forward.  His whereabouts are still unknown.”

The warrants are for three counts of theft by deception and three for unauthorized practice of law.

If anyone knows where Bueno-Cabrera can be found, they are asked tons contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637).  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number: 16-115968

Update:

The lead investigator assigned to the immigration scam in Gwinnett County case has learned there are many more alleged victims that were scammed by a fake immigration attorney. Lead investigator Detective Vermin Cultarevic said that he was told that the same man has appeared at Pendergrass Flea Market (5641 US Hwy 129N, Pendergrass, Georgia) advertising himself as an immigration attorney and offering legal services to the immigrant population. Victims who have come forward say they were reluctant to report the crime because of their immigration status.

The suspect is still unidentified and his whereabouts unknown. Several of his aliases are known, but his true identity remains unclear.

“On behalf of the Gwinnett County Police Department, we would like to reiterate that regardless of a victim’s immigration status, we urge anyone who was scammed by this suspect to come forward with information about the incident.  Our objective is to stop this suspect from continuing to victimize and exploit individuals seeking legal status in this country,” Cultarevic said.

Initial story

Gwinnett County Police Department is trying to identify a man who allegedly posed as an immigration attorney to defraud people attempting to gain legal immigration to the United States. He goes by the name of Juan Manuel Pineda Cruz, but police believe his real name may be Eduardo Bueno Cabrera. GCPD report he has been posing as a fake immigration attorney and stealing thousands from people who are trying to get legal immigration status. Some victims have been identified, but detectives believe there are possibly more out there.

According to a press release, the first incident was reported Dec. 13, 2016. The suspect allegedly told the victim he could assist in getting several members of his family into the U.S. legally and took payment of more than $6,000 for his services. The suspect then stopped communicating with the victim. On Jan. 30, police learned of two more victims and from them he got $20,000 allegedly on the pretext of gaining legal status for 18 foreign workers from Latin America. He also stopped communicating with them.

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A third victim reported that the same suspect approached him last year offering to fix his illegal immigration status and said he could also help get family members in from Mexico. After paying $10,000 the same thing happened as did to the other suspects. Nothing was done with their immigration status and all communication was stopped.

All of the victims met with the suspect at Mozart Bakery located at 1630 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth to conduct the business. GCPD is asking anyone who had contact with this man, regardless of their immigration status to contact them.

“Our objective is to stop this suspect from continuing to victimize and exploit individuals seeking legal status in this country. Police also encourage anyone seeking legal counsel for any reason to verify the attorney’s status with the Secretary of State’s Office and the Georgia Bar Association,” Cpl. Deon Washington, public information officer with GCPD, said in the press release.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.  You can also text your tip to “Crimes” (274637).  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.  Case Number(s): 16-115968

 

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