Attorney General Laxalt Announces Arrest of Las Vegas man Indicted for Scam Targeting Immigrants
June 15, 2017
Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that David A. Thomas, 54, of Las Vegas, was arrested on five felony charges for operating an immigration fraud scam out of Las Vegas. The charges include four counts of theft in the amount of $3,500 or more and one count of multiple transactions involving fraud o deceit in the course of an enterprise or occupation. The alleged scam occurred between August 2014 and February 2016.
According to the indictment, Thomas is accused of utilizing a company doing business as “Can You Hear Me Crying” to falsely represent to clients seeking immigration services that he was a former FBI agent who could attain permanent lawful residency for them in the United States. Thomas is accused of collecting thousands of dollars from his clients and failing to provide the services he promised.
“Scammers prey on our unsuspecting immigrant communities by promising fast and hassle-free services,” said Laxalt. “My office will remain vigilant in protecting all consumers from being defrauded, especially those who are most susceptible to scams.”
Individuals seeking information or assistance with residency and citizenship are urged to use licensed attorneys that are confirmed by the State Bar or accredited representatives and recognized organizations authorized by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Thomas was indicted on June 14, 2017 by the Clark County Grand Jury. His bail was set at $40,000. He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.
This case was investigated and is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Fraud Unit. An indictment is merely a charging document; every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
To read the criminal indictment, click here. To file a complaint about someone suspected of committing a fraud, click here.
ANTON, THOMAS DAVID
(Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)