Thursday, October 13, 2011

A New York rabbi who was on the run from police for more than four years has been arrested in Canada and will soon answer to charges of running a massive immigration fraud mill

Earl Seth David, also known as Rabbi Avraham David, fled to Canada in 2006 when he learned that the federal authorities were probing him for running an operation that churned out fake paperwork for thousands trying to enter the U.S. illegally. He was arrested in Toronto by local police, federal prosecutors in New York said. He will face an extradition proceeding. David ran the scam out of his Manhattan law office and had 26 co-conspirators who helped to create phony sponsors for thousands of illegal aliens, according to an indictment filed in Manhattan Federal Court. "Earl David and his many cohorts corrupted the immigration process through a carefully orchestrated scheme that was stunning in its scope and audacity," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. "They allegedly reaped millions of dollars for filing tens of thousands of fraudulent applications." Among those arrested was Robert Salamon, a Department of Labor employee who pleaded guilty previously and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The mill charged clients fees of up to $30,000 and concocted sponsorship for them by making fake pay stubs, bogus tax returns and even phony experience letters.

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