The city of Los Angeles has charged a Canadian national with 32 criminal counts for allegedly cheating aspiring actors out of funds through an immigration visa scam.
Andrew Boryski, 26, was arrested Wednesday by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations at Los Angeles International Airport as he prepared to board a flight bound for Canada.
He was charged with three counts of grand theft, one count of practicing law without a license, and 28 counts of violating provisions of the Immigration Consultant Act. The complaint alleged that he operated a Los Angeles-area immigration consulting business that sought visas on behalf of aspiring foreign actors.
“We will hold accountable charlatans who pray upon the career aspirations of others,” said City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. “People who come to Los Angeles
to work must be aware that it is illegal for immigration consultants to provide legal advice. Before paying them a penny, they should contact the appropriate agency
and verify the consultant’s credentials.”
The City Attorney’s office announced that two actors from Australia and one from Ireland have alleged Boryski charged them approximately $5,000 each to assist them in procuring an O-1 visa — which is intended for established persons in the entertainment industry with work pending in the United States and not for
newcomers to the business without actual employment. Boryski allegedly never filed paperwork on behalf of the victims and failed to follow through on promises to refund the victims’ money.
SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White praised the City Attorney’s office.
“We applaud the efforts of Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and Deputy City Attorney Mark Lambert to protect actors from
unscrupulous business practices that attempt to separate them from their money,” White said. “Performers from all jurisdictions should be able to pursue their dreams in the entertainment industry without fear of abuse and harm. SAG-AFTRA certainly welcomes the zero tolerance policy clearly demonstrated by the City Attorney’s Office in such cases.”