24 January 2012 – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the extradition of EARL SETH DAVID, a/k/a “Rabbi Avrahom David,” from Canada to face charges of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, conspiracy to make false statements to immigration authorities, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
The charges relate to the alleged operation of a massive immigration fraud mill – through a Manhattan-based law practice – in which DAVID and his co-conspirators applied for legal status for tens of thousands of illegal aliens based on phony claims that U.S. employers had “sponsored” those aliens for employment in the United States. DAVID and the other participants in the scheme took in millions of dollars in illicit proceeds from the illegal aliens who utilized their services.
DAVID, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, was arrested in Canada on October 11, 2011, when the Indictment against him was unsealed. Following his extradition by Canadian authorities, DAVID arrived in the Southern District of New York on January 24, 2012, and was presented and arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael H. Dolinger. The case against DAVID and 11 other defendants is pending before U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, and the next conference before Judge Buchwald is scheduled for January 30, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.