Canarsie man charged with fraud after allegedly stealing money from undocumented immigrants

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A Canarsie man faces up to seven years in prison for allegedly ripping off undocumented immigrants to the tune of $8,520.

James Archibald, 55, failed to deliver on promised work permits and green cards to three Caribbean immigrants living in Brooklyn — and then threatened to report them to Uncle Sam when they demanded their money back, according to Kings County’s top prosecutor.

“This defendant is accused of preying on some of the most vulnerable members of our society who were victimized as they attempted to comply with federal laws,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “I am committed to protecting all Brooklyn residents, regardless of their status, and caution everyone to be careful who they hire when seeking immigration services.”

The victims, who hail from St. Kitts and Jamaica, hired Archibald in October 2016 to process and expedite their applications with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ to obtain the coveted legal documents, but claim they waited more than a year and half for the Canarsie man to meet his end of the bargain.

When the victims started clamoring for their money back, Archibald threatened to report them to the feds if they didn’t pipe down, according to Gonzalez.

Instead, two of the victims reported him to the district attorney’s office, and he was arraigned before Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Joseph McCormack on June 10 for charges including third- and fourth-degree grand larceny; first-degree scheme to defraud; first-degree immigration assistance services fraud; and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

He was released without bail and will appear in court on Aug. 8.

Reach reporter Chandler Kidd at or by calling (718) 260–2525. Follow her at
Updated 12:32 pm, June 12, 2019
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Local from Here says:
Perp is probably a white guy from here. We all trash to!
June 12, 2019, 8:27 am
Mustafa Kahnt from Atlantic Ave says:
"The three immigrants, who were from St. Kitts and Jamaica, hired Archibald to process documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), according to DA Eric Gonzalez." So they did have documents, they were just not from the USA. I want my money back - I paid a lot for my legal visa approval.
June 12, 2019, 9:49 am
Local from Here says:
Call ICE on these illegals and ship them back to where they belong.
June 12, 2019, 12:52 pm
Trumpster from 2020 says:
People want to come here from violent, third world countries, fine, but don’t start voting for the misguided Democrat politicians who want to recreate the hellhole environments that you just left. Democrats are not American patriots but are loyal to their globalist masters. Same goes for the RINOs like Mitt Romney and the Bush cartel. All loyal to the new world order. This is why Trump is being so viciously attacked while he is doing such an amazing job, for all Americans of all colors. Do your research fools! Trump 2020!
June 12, 2019, 4:55 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Fact: 3 out of 5 trumptards are just as stupid as the other 2.
June 12, 2019, 6:19 pm
Humplington Buhtt from Brooklyn says:
I too am an illegal immigrant - but I’m not dumb enough to give this guy my money. Maybe they should be convicted of gross stupidity?
June 12, 2019, 6:41 pm
Fong Woo from Sunset Park says:
Deport them!! Hello?!?
June 13, 2019, 4:11 pm

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