Update: FBI Representative Said No Such Thing As ‘Legal Coyote’ — Possible Internet Scamby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Sep. 20, 2013, under Legal Immigration Reform, Social Justice
Yesterday I wrote about my concern with regard to so-called immigration activist(s) who solicit money and donations via “activism” here. Both Mohammad Abdollahi and Prerna Lal are co-founders of DreamActivist.org. Recently an LLC entity was created again with the Wyoming Secretary of State listing addresses in Antioch, California and in Washington D.C.
Therefore, I called the FBI Phoenix office with regard to Mohammad Abdollahi’s statement (see below captured comments) where he is soliciting $2,000.00 that may or may not go towards “some legal coyote work.” The FBI representative told me there was no such thing as “legal coyote” work, and he suspected a scam via telephone conversation.
The purpose for my call into the FBI had to do with questions being raised by Chicano / Mexican-American immigrant and community organizers because the DreamActivist organization used to identify themselves as a non-profit possibly misleading thousands. It was discovered they are not a non-profit organization but an LLC.
A concerned Arizona father raises these important questions:
This letter suggests they tried everything, and even list all the legal avenues which were of no avail. And, not to be overlooked, they quote the family considering an obviously ILLEGAL and much more dangerous coyote avenue (human trafficking) as a viable choice. So whats the $250 for?
$250 isn’t going to change the status of the visa application.
Are they asking donors to directly finance human smuggling?
That can’t be good.
I wonder, since the solicitation is so clearly asking the recipient to contribute to a possible illegal act, can the donor be held responsible?
Do you remember when fourteen travel agency owners or employees were indicted on human smuggling and other charges, accused of selling airline tickets they thought would be used by illegal immigrants? According to the news: “The travel agency workers were charged under state human smuggling laws because they were facilitating the human trafficking, authorities said. Some faced charges of money laundering, conspiracy, racketeering and participating in fraudulent schemes.”
In addition to the above questions by the community, I forwarded the DreamActivist email to the Phoenix FBI office (along with other information). The FBI representative told me there was no such thing as “legal coyote” work, and he suspected a scam via telephone conversation.
I will keep you updated to new developments.
Mohammad Abdollahi writes: