NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have indicted a 41-year-old man on charges he stole tens of thousands of dollars from newly arrived immigrants to New York City.
The Manhattan district attorney's office said Wednesday that Martin Mannert, a naturalized American citizen originally from Austria, falsely represented himself as qualified to help with various immigration and benefits applications.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says Mannert preyed on victims from several communities, including Poland and elsewhere in Europe, Asia and South America.
According to court documents, Mannert charged clients an average of $10,000 apiece. He then sent clients forged government documents saying their applications had been approved.
Mannert faces charges of grand larceny, forgery and scheme to defraud.
Information on his lawyer was not immediately available.