Huge Immigration Fraud Ends In 5-Year Prison Term

NEW YORK (AP) -

A New York judge has sentenced a lawyer to five years in prison for engineering a mammoth fraud that enabled tens of thousands of illegal aliens to gain citizenship through fraud.

Attorney Earl Seth David was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. David was extradited to the United States from Canada last year to face charges that he processed thousands of false immigration applications, earning millions of dollars in fees.

He fled to Canada in 2006 and his law firm closed in 2009. He pleaded guilty a year ago to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors said David charged up to $30,000 per client to provide phony employment sponsorships and fabricated documents.