Joseph Wai-Man Wu, the head of East West Law Group, a former law firm in Los Angeles, California, was sentenced to 10 months in prison on November 15, 2012. For approximately 13 years, from 1996 to 2009, he and others in his firm filed at least 137 employment-based visa petitions fraudulently for nearly 100 clients.
They also set up almost a dozen shell companies as part of the scheme, and laundered a portion of the profits by purchasing cemetery plots and grave monuments. The clients paid from $6,000 to $50,000 each. "Our agents encounter a lot of unusual money laundering schemes, but this is the first time we've come across a case where the suspects sought to bury their profits by buying cemetery plots," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for HSI Los Angeles.