This post first appeared as “Feds Nab Leader of Immigration Fraud Ring” on The Shmooze blog of the Forward.
The long arm of the law caught up with a lawyer who goes by the moniker “Rabbi Avraham David” in Canada yesterday. The attorney, whose real name is Earl Seth David, was arrested in Toronto and will be extradited to the U.S. to face charges for his actions as the alleged ringleader of a massive immigration fraud scheme.
David fled to Canada in 2006 when he realized that the feds were onto him and were beginning to probe the immigration fraud mill he had allegedly operated through his Manhattan law firm since 1996. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney claims that David’s firm filed tens of thousands of fraudulent petitions using fake employer sponsors and a corrupt government employee. Twenty-seven defendants were charged as a result of the investigation.
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