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Kuang Hao Chou and Ling Yu Hsieh Indictment

Kuang Hao Chou and Ling Yu Hsieh Indictment

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IN
THE
UNITEDSTATESDISTRICT
COURT
FORTHE
EASTERNDISTRICTOF
VIRGINIA
AlexandriaDivision
UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
)
CriminalNo.
1:11CTO?
RLED
INOPENCOURT
KUANGHAOCHOU,
AlsoknownasEdwinChou,
LING
YU
HSIEH,
AlsoknownasEricaHsieh,
Defendants.
MAR
17
2011
CLERK,U.S.DISTRICTCOURT
ALEXANDRIA,VIRGINIA
Count
1:18
U.S.C.
§
371
(Conspiracy
to
CommitImmigrationFraud)
Count
2:
18
U.S.C.
§
201(b)(1)(C)
(Bribery
of
aPublicOfficial)and§2(AidingandAbetting)Count3:18U.S.C.§1546(a)(FraudandMisuse
of
Immigration
Documents)and§2(Aiding
andAbetting)
Count4:18U.S.C.§1425(Procurement
of
CitizenshiporNaturalization
Unlawfully),and§2(Aidingand
Abetting)
Count5:18U.S.C.§1030(a)(2)(B)Fraud
andRelatedActivitywith
Computers
Count6:18U.S.C.
§1001
(FalseStatementinaSecurityClearance
Application)
INDICTMENT
MarchTerm
-
At
Alexandria
THEGRANDJURY
CHARGESTHAT:
GENERALALLEGATIONS
At
all
timesmaterialtothis
indictment:
Case 1:11-cr-00144-LMB Document 1 Filed 03/17/11 Page 1 of 23
 
1.RobertSchofieldwasafederalemployeewiththetitle
of
SupervisoryDistrict
AdjudicationsOfficer
responsiblefor
processing
applicationssubmittedby
immigrants
requestingadjustmentstotheirUnited
States
immigrationstatus.Priortoearly2003,
SchofieldworkedfortheImmigrationandNaturalizationService(INS).Afterearly2003,SchofieldworkedforthenewlyformedDepartment
of
HomelandSecurity(DHS)
CitizenshipandImmigrationServices(CIS).2.Schofield,workedattheWashingtonDistrictOfficelocatedat4420North
FairfaxDrive,Arlington,VirginiauntilNovember2004,whentheWashingtonDistrict
Officemovedto2675ProsperityAvenue,Fairfax,Virginia.Bothfederalgovernment
officesarelocatedwithintheEasternDistrict
of
Virginia.
3.AsaSupervisoryDistrictAdjudicationsOfficer,Schofieldpossesseda
Temporary
1-551
Stampwiththe
unique
identification
WAS/IIO
#13,whichwasassignedtohim,andhad
access
toandusedatleastthreeotherstamps,
WAS/IIO
#5,#9and
#7785.
ATemporary
1-551
Stampinanimmigrant'spassportindicatesthatthe
immigranthasbeengrantedLawfulPermanentResident(LPR)status.Someonewho
maintainsLPRstatuscanalsobeconsideredagreencardholder.Aproperlyissued
Temporary
1-551
StamppermitsanimmigranttogainentryintoandremainintheUnited
States.ToobtainanLPRcardorgreencard,animmigrantmustfileaForm
1-485,
ApplicationtoRegisterPermanentResidenceorAdjustStatus,withCIS,andthe
applicationmustbeproperlyadjudicatedandapproved.Toobtainanaturalization
certificate,animmigrantmustfirstbegrantedLPRstatusintheUnitedStatesand
generally
mustmaintainthatstatusforfive
years.
TheimmigrantmustthenfilewithCIS
Case 1:11-cr-00144-LMB Document 1 Filed 03/17/11 Page 2 of 23
 
a
Form
N-400,
Application
for
Naturalization,whichmust
be
properlyadjudicated
and
approvedbefore
a
naturalizationcertificate
may
be
issued.
4.
Schofield
was
stationed
at
onlythe
Washington
District
Office
after
his
promotion
to
a
Supervisory
District
AdjudicationsOfficer
in1998.
TheWashington
District
Office
onlyhas
jurisdiction
to
issueAdvance
Parole
documents,Temporary
I-
551
Stamps,LPRcardsand
NaturalizationCertificates
to
immigrantapplicantsresiding
in
NorthernVirginia
andWashington,
D.C.
Other
federal
offices
handle
immigrants
residing
in
othersections
ofthe
country.
5.
Naturalizationcertificates
are
generated
by
computerwithin
the
Washington
District
Office.Blank
naturalizationcertificates
are
maintained
for
thoserare
instanceswhere
an
error
has
occurred
in
the
computer
generated
certificate.
Theseblank
naturalizationcertificates
are
prenumbered
with
individually
assigneduniqueserial
numbers.
A
log
book
is
maintained
to
recordthe
government
employee
who
removes
a
blank
certificate.
6.On
November
30,2006,
Schofieldpled
guilty
inthe
Eastern
District
of
Virginia
to
Bribery
ofa
Public
Official
and
Procurement
of
Citizenship
or
Naturalization
Unlawfully.
As
part
of
his
plea
agreement,
Schofieldadmitted
to
fraudulentlyproviding
UnitedStates
immigration
documents,including
naturalizationcertificates;
Temporary
I-
551
stamps,which
are
evidence
of
LPR
("greencard")status;
and
AdvanceParoledocuments,
to
ineligiblealiens
in
return
for
bribes.
Schofieldadmitted
thathe
utilized
variousbrokers
to
bring
the
aliens
tohimwho
were
willing
to
payfor
falselymade
UnitedStatesimmigrationdocuments.
Case 1:11-cr-00144-LMB Document 1 Filed 03/17/11 Page 3 of 23

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