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That Guy Who Advised You To Play Gay for Immigration?

Steven Mahoney, who was charged in January with advising immigrants to pretend to be gay and claim political asylum as the reason they needed to stay in the U.S., plead guilty to immigration fraud charges. AP: “The U.S. attorney’s office says the 41-year-old Mahoney ran Mahoney and Associates in Kent, and held himself out as an expert in immigration affairs. They say he made money by advising immigrants on how to stay in the U.S. Between late 1998 and mid 2007, Mahoney admits he filed as many as 99 false immigration documents and was paid between $1,000 and $4,000 for each. Mahoney faces a maximum five years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 21. Mahoney’s ex-wife Helen Mahoney, also charged with conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, faces a plea hearing later this week.”