PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Authorities say a Wakefield man has been indicted on 26 counts in connection with an immigration fraud scheme.
United States Attorney Peter Neronha says 34-year-old Nimon Naphaeng is charged with seven counts of mail fraud, eight counts of visa fraud, 10 counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of international money laundering.
Authorities say Naphaeng, a Thailand native, offered to help Thai nationals obtain work permits and government benefits and then used their personal information to file asylum applications without their consent.
It’s alleged that Naphaeng was filing asylum claims from January 2014 through December in order to secure work permits.
The government is seeking $279,550 that Naphaeng allegedly received through the scheme.
Naphaeng is being held in federal custody.
His attorney didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.