Lawyer accused of operating massive immigration scheme gets 5 years
Posted Apr 11, 2013 10:35 AM CDT
By Martha Neil
A New York immigration lawyer accused of earning millions of dollars by processing tens of thousands of falsified immigration applications, continuing to work on them even after he fled to Canada in 2006, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.
Earl Seth David, 49, tearfully apologized before he was sentenced Wednesday in New York City, saying that he was humiliated at having broken the law. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald called his claim that his work helped reunite families "blatant nonsense," reports the Associated Press.
David pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit both immigration fraud and mail and wire fraud.
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