Canadian Charged with Cheating Actors in Immigration Scam

Posted on: January 12th, 2013
by Greg Siskind
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From Variety:

The city of Los Angeles has charged a Canadian national with 32 criminal counts for allegedly cheating aspiring actors out of funds through an immigration visa scam.

Andrew Boryski, 26, was arrested Wednesday by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations at Los Angeles International Airport as he prepared to board a flight bound for Canada.

He was charged with three counts of grand theft, one count of practicing law without a license, and 28 counts of violating provisions of the Immigration Consultant Act. The complaint alleged that he operated a Los Angeles-area immigration consulting business that sought visas on behalf of aspiring foreign actors.

The complaint focused on two actors – one from Ireland and the other from Australia – who were charged $5000 each for work on an O-1 visa. Boryski never filed the cases and refused to refund the fees.