November 24, 2014
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 people who entered the country illegally to gain citizenship.
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.
David pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. He tearfully apologized for his actions at Wednesday's sentencing.
Prosecutors said David charged up to $30,000 per client to provide phony employment sponsorships and fabricated documents.
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