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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
May 07, 2013

DA VANCE ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF DAO FENG LIN FOR DEFRAUDING CHINESE IMMIGRANTS AND ABUSING GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of DAO FENG LIN, 52, for allegedly stealing nearly $18,000 from multiple victims of an immigration scam and collecting more than $40,000 in Medicaid and food stamp benefits to which he was not entitled. The defendant is charged in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Third and Fourth Degrees, Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. [1]

“This defendant is accused of simultaneously defrauding Chinese immigrants, who were unfamiliar with immigration laws, and taxpayers, who finance public assistance programs,” said District Attorney Vance. “Scam artists can and will exploit any opportunity for profit, which is why it is important for individuals to be on alert and report fraud to law enforcement agencies. I encourage anyone who may have been the victim of a scam to call my Office’s Immigrant Affairs Hotline at 212-335-3600, regardless of immigration status.”

According to the indictment and statements made on the record in court, between January 2012 and January 2013, LIN, a naturalized United States citizen, falsely represented himself as someone able to help the friends and family members of Chinese immigrants apply for lawful status and work authorization in exchange for a fee of $1,350 per applicant. In fact, records from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Labor show that no application was ever submitted for any of LIN’s victims. LIN is accused of collecting nearly $18,000 from victims of the scam.

The defendant – a Medicaid and food stamp recipient who lives in a three-bedroom subsidized apartment in Manhattan – is also accused of claiming to have an income of only $6,000-9,600 on his benefit application and recertification forms, well below what he actually earned. During the period charged, LIN collected more than $40,000 in Medicaid and food stamps, benefits to which he was ultimately ineligible.

In an unrelated case involving a phony immigration services provider who targeted the Chinese community, TE-HU TSEUI was sentenced last week to one year in jail and the forfeiture of more than $28,000, after pleading guilty to Grand Larceny, Scheme to Defraud, Unauthorized Practice of Law and other charges. TSEUI was indicted in August of 2010 for falsely claiming to be an attorney who could provide assistance with green card applications.

Assistant District Attorney Rosemary Yu, Co-Director of the Immigrant Affairs Program, is handling the prosecution of the LIN case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Thomas Wornom, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Archana Rao, Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau. Program coordinator Jacob Pang, of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, Investigator Eloise Walter, and paralegal Mary Zou provided valuable assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the N.Y.C. Human Resources Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Labor for their assistance with the investigation.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
 
 
Defendant Information:
 
DAO FENG LIN, D.O.B. 3/19/1961 
New York, NY
 
Charges: 
  • Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 4 counts
  • Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 2 counts
  • Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
  • Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
  • Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony, 7 counts
 
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