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Document and Benefit Fraud
02/12/2015

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Atlanta immigration attorney faces additional charges in fraud case

ATLANTA – An Atlanta immigration attorney has been arraigned on additional federal charges that she submitted false documentation on behalf of three new clients who were aliens seeking immigration status in the United States.

Bonnie Monique Youn, 45, has been charged in a superseding indictment with two new counts of visa fraud, two new counts of alien harboring, and two new counts of witness tampering.

“The additional charges against this attorney reflect that her illegal actions on behalf of certain immigration clients are more extensive. Instead of working within the bounds of the law, she filed false immigration documents with the U.S. government and encouraged several clients to lie to federal agents who were conducting an investigation,” said Acting United States Attorney John Horn.

“The defendant, who swore to uphold the law, instead allegedly sought to enrich herself by undermining the integrity of our immigration system by filing false documents,” said acting Special Agent in Charge Ryan L. Spradlin, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Atlanta. “To compound these initial crimes, the defendant now stands accused of tampering with witnesses in the investigation in a failed attempt to conceal her illicit activities. Creating vulnerabilities in our immigration system raises serious national security concerns that HSI will vigorously investigate.”

According to information presented in court: From February 9, 2009, to the present, for her personal financial gain, Youn encouraged and induced three aliens to reside in the United States in violation of the law. Youn also engaged in visa fraud by filing documents that were false with respect to material facts. Then, once the investigation into Youn was underway, she engaged in witness tampering by telling two aliens to provide false information to federal agents when they were questioned. Youn also attempted to persuade one of the aliens to provide a false statement to a federal grand jury.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by the HSI Document Benefit Fraud Task Force comprised of special agents with HSI, the United States Department of Labor-Office of the Inspector General, the United States Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, as well as Fraud Detection/National Security Officers of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Assistant United States Attorneys Susan Coppedge and William L. McKinnon, Jr. are prosecuting the case.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 02/13/2015