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One Guilty Plea for Fake Asylum Bid Using LGBT Center Was for 8-14 Months US Says 33 on Other

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 18 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 25, a change of plea proceeding was held by Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil on a man charged with participating in an asylum fraud scheme in which he prepared fraudulent asylum applications and affidavits and coached clients to lie under oath during immigration proceedings

The defendant Arthur Arcadian answered with a series of "Yes" responses, some of which cut off Judge Vykocil questions. He apologized.

  He said he coached the immigration client in Bethpage. Judge Vyskocil asked about venue. The Assistant US Attorney said a co-conspirator worked on the affidavit from Washington Heights, and they used a membership card in an LGBT community center in Manhattan.

  The plea was accepted and sentencing set for May 31 at 11 am. The plea agreement has a sentencing guideline of eight to 14 months.

On May 17, 2023, Arcadian wrote in requesting a non-custodial sentences, as did his co-defendant Ilona Dzhamgarova, citing the difficulty of growing up Armenian in Azerbaijan amid the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

On May 25, the US Attorney's Office wrote in saying below eight months would be OK for Arcadian, but that Dzhamgarova should get the guideline, 33 to 41 months.

The case is US v. Dzhamgarova, et al., 21-cr-58 (Vyskocil)



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