Sedalia Men Plead Guilty to Immigration Fraud
SEDALIA, MO (KMOX) – Two Sedalia, Missouri men pleaded guilty today for their roles in an immigration fraud scheme.
The Department of Justice says 49-year-old Thomas Joseph Strawbridge and 30-year-old Thomas Barret Laurence pleaded guilty to selling immigrant forms that are free from the government. Attorneys say the pair used the company Immigration Forms and Publications to sell the forms.
According to court documents, IFP sales representatives fraudulently told consumers that the company was affiliated with the government and that fees paid to IFP covered government processing charges.
Strawbridge and Laurence each face up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
Prosecutors say their victims paid more than $400,000 in total to purchase government forms that anyone can obtain for free.