Filipino immigration consultant convicted of encouraging illegal immigration

By Balitang America Staff

August 2, 2013

SAN JOSE, California – A Filipina who used to work as an immigration consultant is facing jail time and huge fines for encouraging illegal immigration, targeting ‘kababayans’ who want to stay in America at all costs.

United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced that Evelyn Sineneng-Smith, 66, was convicted of three counts of encouraging or inducing illegal immigration for private financial gain and three counts of mail fraud by a federal jury.

Evidence at the 13-day trial showed that Sineneng-Smith operated an immigration consultation business in San Jose, Calif., from 1990 to 2008. She advised foreign nationals, mainly Filipino citizens who came to the United States on visitors’ visas, to apply for a labor certification from the United States Department of Labor as path towards obtaining lawful permanent residence. She charged her victims $5,900 to file such applications all the while knowing that the law had changed, and that her clients did not qualify under existing immigration regulations to obtain lawful permanent residence. According to the testimony of several victims, Sineneng-Smith failed to inform them that they were ineligible to obtain permanent residence. In addition, Sineneng-Smith encouraged victims to overstay the time allowed under their tourist visas and work illegally as care givers in residential healthcare facilities.

Evidence at trial showed that Sineneng-Smith deposited over $3.3 million dollars in payments from clients from August 2004 through 2007.

“Those who corrupt the integrity of our nation’s legal immigration system must understand there are serious consequences for those actions,” said Joseph Vincent, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations, San Jose. “We will continue to work with our counterparts to investigate those who manipulate and exploit that system for their own personal financial gain.”

Sineneng-Smith, 66, of San Jose, Calif., was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 14, 2010. She could face a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison on each count and fines of up to $250,000.
She is scheduled for sentencing in federal court on November 4, 2013.

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  • mamang sorbetero
    2 August 2013 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    kakahiya! baka si neneng (gets?) ay deportable? he he, wag na lang, mabulok muna dito bago palayasin. mga nabiktima, hope you learned your lesson. you are guilty as well. no such thing as short cut, o baka gusto mo lang cut in line. drones are watching you or even that stop light by the corner. may camerang looking out for you. welcome to the new america!!!!

  • jorge buesa
    2 August 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    WOW, this person sineneng-smith is a corrupt person ! she made $3.3 million Dollars for Encouraging illegal immigration clients. She should lock-up for 20 years ? People like this makes it hard for all illegal people to stay in america !

  • Delia
    3 August 2013 at 4:43 am - Reply

    One got caught , i’m sure theres more of them doing bussiness like this . There are chains of them , its an easy money . Victims must also be jailed and be deported , since they are accesory to the crimes.

  • noz
    3 August 2013 at 9:13 am - Reply

    this woman had not live with the wisdom of crime does not pay. she was in business operation for less than two decades making millions, all along too confident will never ever get caught on her committed crimes. her ill deeds finally have catch up with her. this convicted felon will be thrown in the slammer for a long time.

  • Evelyn Sineneng Smith
    9 August 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    How can these Filipino Illegal Aliens be Encouraged & Induced to Reside in the United States when they have been residing in the US way before they even met me???
    by Evelyn Sineneng-Smith

    On July 30, 2013, I was found guilty of inducing and encouraging 3 (THREE) Filipino illegal aliens, Oliver Galupo, Amelia Guillermo and Hermansita Esteban, to reside in the United States. Oliver Galupo was already residing and working in a care home when he came to our office in 2006 and did not even show up at the trial. It is now 2013.

    Amelia Guillermo already obtained her Labor Certification and an approved 1-140 Petition by her employer, and has been residing in the United States since 2002. It is now 2013.

    Hermansita Esteban likewise already obtained her Labor Certification and has a pending 1-140 Petition by her employer, and has been residing in the United States since 2002. It is now 2013.

    Amelia Guillermo & Hermansita Esteban testified that but for me, they would have returned back to the Philippines when they have been working and residing here before even meeting me! They have been working under-the-table to the detriment of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S. I made their identities known to the Federal Government.

    So how can I induce and encourage them to stay in the United States! They themselves made that decision way before they even met me.

  • Evelyn Sineneng Smith
    10 August 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

    NO scam, NO fraud, NO encouraging & NO inducing these illegal aliens to stay in the US.

    They were already here living and working under the table way before they met me.
    The decision to reside in the US was theirs, way before they applied for a tourist visa at the US Embassy in Manila.

    • noz
      21 August 2013 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      so what’s the conviction for?. it shows on 13-day trial, your arguments did not stand as defense on your behalf to avoid being convicted of the crimes you were accused of.

  • Evelyn Sineneng Smith
    31 August 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Three Filipino illegal aliens (Oliver Galupo, Amelia Guillermo and Hermansita Esteban)started their lies when they applied for tourist visas to enter the US.

    All three submitted “strong” financial ties to qualify as a spending tourists. They defrauded the US Embassy Officials and, as soon they entered the US, they did not have any money and immediately started to work for their FilAM carehome employers. They themselves made the decision to work and reside in the US way before they even applied for a tourist visa at the US Embassy. I didn’t know these
    Filipino illegal aliens. They should be prosecuted for PERJURY, for lying to the US Court!