11 October 2011 – Ringleader Charged For Operating Law Firm Allegedly Responsible For Filing Tens of Thousands Of Fraudulent Petitions Using Fake Employer Sponsors And A Corrupt Government Employee
27 Defendants In Total Charged As Part Of The Investigation
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, ROBERT PANELLA, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (“DOL-OIG”), Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and JAMES T. HAYES, JR., the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Office of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced today the unsealing of an Indictment charging 12 defendants with operating a massive immigration fraud mill through a Manhattan-based law practice, in which the defendants and their 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.
The participants in the scheme took in millions of dollars in illicit proceeds from the illegal aliens who utilized their services. To date, a total of 27 individuals have been charged with participating in the scheme. Those charged include: EARL SETH DAVID, a/k/a “Rabbi Avraham David, ” who was the principal of the law offices and the scheme’s ringleader, and who was arrested today in Canada after fleeing the United States; employees of DAVID’s law offices who created fake documents to support the fraudulent immigration applications; numerous phony “sponsors” – individuals who, in exchange for payments from DAVID and his employees, agreed to falsely represent that they were sponsoring aliens for employment; corrupt accountants who created fake tax returns for fictitious sponsor companies; and a corrupt Department of Labor employee who assisted in the scheme.