Fraud by U.S. Lawyer-Interpreter Team Points to Need for Diligence

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Suzanne Deliscar 1 Comment

Orangeville lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar says the American story of a lawyer and an interpreter who were indicted for allegedly falsifying asylum requests is a reminder that new immigrants can often become targets for these types of abuses.

“If you are new to a country, whether it’s Canada or the United States, you can take steps to protect yourself,” she tells

“If you’re looking for a lawyer or an interpreter, it’s best to go to their regulatory body first to find someone who works in your language. You can’t always find someone who works in your language; it depends on where you are. But start there because that way, there’s some level of protection.”

Deliscar weighs in on the issue after the U.S. government announced that two individuals from Illinois – a suburban lawyer and a man who provided interpreting services for him – were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit immigration and naturalization fraud. The lawyer was also charged with three counts each of immigration fraud and suborning perjury, and the interpreter was charged with two counts each of immigration fraud and suborning perjury in a seven-count indictment.

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  1. Terry Gilman says:

    Thank you for posting this, as depressing as it is

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