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New York lawyer pleads guilty in fraud scheme

Earl Seth David improperly applied for legal status for aliens

A suspended lawyer, who federal prosecutors accuse of leading a multimillion-dollar immigration scheme, has pleaded guilty. New York attorney Earl Seth David was the ringleader behind a Manhattan law firm’s scheme, which involved applying for legal status for thousands of illegal immigrants by claiming U.S. employers were sponsoring them, officials say.

The fraudulent activity ran the course of 13 years and garnered millions of dollars with some of the potential clients paying upwards of $30,000 in cash, according to prosecutors. In its investigation, the government uncovered 25,000 immigration applications the firm submitted—most of which contained false or fictitious information.


Cathleen Flahardy

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