The Department of Justice announced this afternoon that a birth tourism scheme was busted on Long Island. So far, six people have been indicted in connection with the scheme.
The scheme was fairly simple to understand. Starting sometime in 2017, the ringleaders advertised on Turkish language Facebook pages with a simple proposition “My baby should be born in America.” When women responded they would offer a full-service experience, helping the women get to the U.S. and have their babies, in exchange for a fee of $7,500. Carrying out the scheme meant falsifying Visa documents to get the women into the United States:
the defendants…caused pregnant Turkish Aliens to submit fraudulent Tourist Visa applications falsely stating, among other things, that the Aliens were traveling to the United States for tourism or business when. in fact, the Aliens’ purpose in traveling to the United States was to give birth in the United States. In addition, the Tourist Visa applications falsely stated that the Aliens would be staying at locations, such as hotels in New York City, when in fact, they actually
would be staying at Birth Houses maintained by the defendants.