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Somerset County Attorney Arrested for Visa Fraud


An attorney operating a law firm in Somerset County was arrested today for allegedly making false statements in visa applications, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

According to U.S. Attorney Sellinger, Steven G. Thomas, 52, of New Hope, Pa., is charged by complaint with preparing and filing false visa applications on behalf of clients. 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Thomas, who operates a law firm in Montgomery Township, encouraged clients to apply for asylum under fraudulent pretenses. 

He advised clients regarding the manner in which they were most likely to obtain asylum, knowing that these clients did not legitimately qualify for asylum. 

Thomas also prepared, or caused to be prepared on behalf of those clients, fraudulent applications and affidavits, which were submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

A confidential informant working for law enforcement met with Thomas in January of 2020. 

Thomas filed on that person’s behalf a visa application containing numerous false statements in April 2020.