Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of SCHOEN MICHAEL LA BOMBARD, a/k/a “Commander Sean Michael Lombardi,” 51, for a scheme in which he stole tens of thousands of dollars from undocumented immigrants by posing as a U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service special agent who falsely claimed that he could help them quickly secure legal immigration status. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree and Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree. He is expected to be sentenced to a promised sentence of 5-to-10 years in prison on July 16, 2019.
“Like many fraudsters who target immigrant New Yorkers, Schoen Michael La Bombard exploited the fears around shifting immigration policy to target primarily Spanish-speaking immigrants with the promise to help them achieve ‘the American Dream,’” said District Attorney Vance. “Posing as a State Department special agent, he collected thousands of dollars in purported fees, and might have defrauded more undocumented New Yorkers if not for the brave victims who stepped forward to report this scheme to the advocates and immigration specialists at Make the Road New York.
“As demonstrated in this case, the dedicated prosecutors in our Immigrant Affairs Unit are here to protect your safety and secure justice regardless of your immigration status or the language you speak. I encourage anyone who believes they may have been the victim of a similar scam to call our Immigrant Affairs hotline at (212) 335-3600.”
The defendant’s “liaison,” FRANCESCA BRADLEY, pleaded guilty on May 20, 2019, to one count of Immigrant Assistance Services Fraud in the First Degree and was sentenced to one year in jail.
Assistant D.A. Diego Diaz handled the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Gloria Garcia, Chief of the Immigrant Affairs Unit and the Financial Frauds Bureau, David Crowley, Supervising Attorney of the Financial Frauds Bureau, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. Michael Sachs, Chief of the Investigation Division. Program Coordinator Adriana Suarez assisted with the investigation, as did Investigators Maria Coyt-Freda, Miguel Pena, Patrick Bubb, and Supervising Investigator Veronica Rodriguez.
District Attorney Vance thanked the New York Field Office of the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service for their assistance.
SCHOEN MICHAEL LA BOMBARD, a/k/a “Commander Sean Michael Lombardi,” D.O.B. 8/6/1967
New York, NY
- Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
- Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
- Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count
- Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count