Broward Women Scam Haitian Immigrants With False Promises of U.S. Jobs
Two Broward women hatched a heinous plot that lured over 140 Haitian immigrants to the U.S. with false promises of a job and a new life for the low low fee of $3,500.
There were no such jobs, and the Haitians who were duped where left to fend for themselves, alone and broke, after being ganked by the two scam artists, according to feds.
Marie Nicole Dorval, 43, of Coral Springs, and Jetta McPhee, 59, of Tamarac, concocted a plan that would promise Haitians steady jobs as construction workers, and jobs on farms, and gave them false hopes of gaining their residency, if they paid the fee.
McPhee went so far as to trying to get temporary work visas by traveling to Port-au-Prince and visiting the U.S. Embassy there, to further make the elaborate plan look more legit.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. says the women's plan was hatched in April of 2008 when they decided to concoct a supposed letter from the owner of a South Florida construction company saying that he needed150 workers, and would pay good money, and provide free housing as well as help them get green cards.
According to records, the victims arrived to no jobs and had to live in unkept trailers with no beds, and no electricity.
Dorval plead guilty and will serve a two-year federal prison sentence starting next month.
McPhee pleaded not guilty to conspiring to commit visa fraud and two counts of aiding and abetting visa fraud. She was released on a $100,000 bond.
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