The Philippines, a Pinay U.S citizen, MARIA LUISA ESTRELLA JAIDI (“JAIDI”) along with her brother, RAMON SINGSON ESTRELLA (“ESTRELLA”) were each charged for their involvement in making fraud visa, making false statements, and persuade people to come and reside in the U.S illegally. Jaidi was arrested in their residence at Ancramdale, New York while Estrella remains at large.
According to the United States Department of Justice report, Jaidi conspired with her Moroccan Ambassador husband (not named) to obtain fake visas for at least seven OFWs.
In order to do this, Jaidi along with her husband made the OFWs to submit visa applications with false details and submit a fake employment contract as well. Her brother Estrella, who is residing in the Philippines help them recruit domestic workers from the country and instructed them to make false statements in their visa application and to lie to officials in the U.S Embassy in Manila.
Estrella, Jaidi, and her husband were able to get five domestic workers where they made them state in their visa that they will work as secretaries, administrative assistants, or technicians at the Moroccan Mission or at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco in Manhattan. But in truth, those overseas Filipino workers were employed as their personal drivers, domestic helpers, farmhands, and assistant at their residence in Bronxville, New York, also at their residence in Ancramdale, New York.
Jaidi and her husband also overstated the salary of the OFWs, understated their working hours along with their benefits stated in their submitted fake employment contract.
Jaidi and her husband pay the OFWs under the minimum salary required by law and made them work more than 40 hours per week. Moreover, Jaidi and husband denied the OFWs benefits stated in their employment contract, they also required them to surrender their passport.
“As alleged, the defendants abused our nation’s process for admitting consular officials in order to bring domestic workers into this country for their own monetary gain and lifestyle. On top of that, Maria Luisa Estrella Jaidi exploited these workers by not providing them the critical protections and benefits they would have been entitled to had they been properly brought to this country with the appropriate visas. Today’s charges demonstrate that fraud and abuse of this type will not be tolerated,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman stated.