NEW YORK, United States, Friday May 31, 2013 – United States law enforcement authorities have charged a Trinidadian woman with grand larceny in what is being described as a green card scam.
Authorities say Prabattie Maraj, 46, who lives in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, New York, scammed her compatriot out of US$6,000 in the alleged scheme.
Prosecutors claim that there may be more victims in Maraj’s alleged scam.
They alleged that Maraj posed as a lawyer in her South Richmond Hill storefront and charged Kuldip Ramkhellawan to secure what he thought was a legitimate green card and social security number.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said it turned out that the documents Maraj gave Ramkhellawan were “completely fake”.
Brown said that the scene unraveled last fall, when Ramkhellawan tried to apply for a drivers’ license, but a New York Department of Motor Vehicles inspector noticed fake stamps Maraj allegedly put in Ramkhellawan’s actual passport.