Thursday 30th March 2017,

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Attorney Accused of Bilking Southeast Asian Community Faces Disbarment

posted by Randall

California State BarA San Jose attorney accused of defrauding his Southeast Asian American clients has been disbarred by a State Bar Court judge for professional misconduct.
Sterling Voss Harwood is now ineligible to practice law. The disbarment will take effect once approved by the California Supreme Court.
The State Bar says Harwood did not notify … Read more

Asian Americans

Washington Post: White Guy Poses as Chinese to Get Poem Published

posted by Randall
Poetry reading

Poetry reading
Photo by Pauline Balba

How does Michael Derrick Hudson get the name Yi-Fen Chou?

He lied about it.

Hudson has submitted his poem to 40 different journals. All of them rejected it.

He then submitted the same poem to nine publications under the phony Chinese name and the literary journal Prairie Schooner published … Read more

Indian American/ South Asian American

Business Standard: Indian Workers exploited after Katrina win $14M in human trafficking case

posted by Randall

Hurricane KatrinaFive Indian men who say they were lured to the United States and forced to work under inhumane conditions have been awarded $14 million by a US court in a human trafficking case, reports the Business Standard.

A federal court jury in New Orleans found Alabama-based Signal International guilty of labor trafficking, fraud, racketeering … Read more

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NY Times: An Industry of Lies in Chinatown

posted by Randall

New York ChinatownCourt filings based on a secret recording lay out a case against an industry based on lies (photo by Loui Loui).

The New York Times reports on the tape that a lawyer is heard advising an asylum applicant to lie, to “just make it up.”

The applicant claimed she was forced in China to … Read more

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SEC Halts Suspected $20 Million Pyramid Scheme Targeting Asian American Community

posted by Randall

scales of justice2The Securities and Exchange Commissions says its uncovered a $20 million pyramid scheme targeting the Asian American community.

Prosecutors say the firms operate under the names CKB or CKB168 and promised investors risk free returns with little or known effort.

The $20 million authorities believe the companies fraudulently collected came from US investors alone, and … Read more

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NBC NY: Brooklyn Couple Accused of Bilking Immigrant Parents at Chinatown School

posted by Randall

Patrick & Joanne PanettieriA Brooklyn couple is accused of preying on immigrant families in Chinatown who wanted to take English as a second language classes, reports NBC NY.

Police say they collected nearly 25-thousand dollars in tuition payments before abruptly shutting down the school.

Patrick and Joanne Panettieri were arrested in Syracuse two weeks after the school … Read more

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Scammers Posing as IRS Agents Target Indian American Families

posted by Randall

AccountingThe Fremont Police Department in California warns that Indian Americans are being targeted by scammers posing as IRS agents.

Police warn that that South Asian Americans are being told they owe 9-thousand dollars to the IRS and are scared into thinking they will lose their visa or their passports if they don’t pay immediately.

The … Read more

Community Issues

KHON: Honolulu Chinatown Businesses Hit by Scammers

posted by Randall
Honolulu's Chinatown

Photo by Blue Waikiki

Chinatown businesses in Honolulu have been victimized by scammers posing as utility workers trying to collect on supposedly delinquent bills.

KHON reports that one business was hit for $6,500 under the threat their electricity would be cut off.

Another business owner talked about how she almost fell victim.

“They said, ‘Oh, … Read more

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USA Today: Scammers Exploit Foreign Workers Trying to Cut through Visa Backlog

posted by Randall

Recruiters are especially common in the high tech industry here in the U.S. and among those looking for management positions in the corporate world.

It’s no different for foreign workers trying to come to the United State legally and are seeking highly sought after work visas.

Unfortunately, according the USA Today, not all foreign … Read more

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Suspect Convicted in Chinatown Blessing Scam

posted by Randall

ChinatownA jury in San Francisco has convicted 51-year old Cui Qun Zhu of six felonies and one misdemeanor for scamming two victims in separate blessing scam cases.

Both victims identified the suspect in a line up.

“This verdict sends a powerful message that San Francisco will aggressively
prosecute those who prey on our elders.  With … Read more


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