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Wolf in sheep's clothing': Brooklyn paralegal accused of defrauding immigrants.

29 Nov 2023 8:00 PM | Cordina (Administrator)

A paralegal in Sheepshead Bay is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from immigrants she falsely promised to provide legal services to at a lower rate. When she did no legal work for them or filed petitions on their behalf, and at times falsely said she was an attorney, the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Special Agent-in-Charge of Homeland Security Investigations, New York Ivan Arvelo, announced Monday the indictment of Zoya Shamilova of Sheepshead Bay on a 17-counts in which she was charged with grand theft, attempted grand larceny, immigrant assistance services fraud, coercion, practicing law without a license and first-degree scheme to defraud.

According to the district attorney, citing the indictment, from about May 2022 to August 2023, Shamilova falsely claimed that she could help the victims who were from Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, India, and Kazakhstan with various immigration services, including green cards and obtaining Temporary Protected Status for a fee for about $4,500 to $16,250.

Additionally, Shamilova allegedly threatened to report two undocumented individuals to immigration authorities after they questioned her.

Shamilova was released without bail. She is set to return to court on Jan. 17, 2024. 

By NBC New York Staff