NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) - A suspended attorney who
became a rabbi pleaded guilty on Monday to running a New York
law firm that made millions of dollars in an illegal immigration
Earl David, 48, fled New York for Canada in 2006 when he
heard his law firm and colleagues were being investigated. The
dual Canadian-U.S. citizen was arrested in Canada in October and
extradited to New York in January.
David pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud charges.
Federal prosecutors said they would recommend the judge sentence
him to anywhere between six years and five months and eight
years and three months in prison.
David also agreed to pay $2.5 million in forfeiture.
Authorities said that beginning in 1996, David and others
charged up to $30,000 to file fake employment letters on behalf
of illegal immigrants in order to convince U.S. immigration
authorities the aliens were coming into the country legally.
"The documents were indeed fake and false, your honor,"
David told Manhattan federal court judge Naomi Buchwald on
In 2003, writing under the name Earl Avraham David, the
rabbi authored "Code of the Heart," a treatise on Hebrew
numerology that purported to reveal predictions of future events
in the Bible based on a hidden code.
Federal prosecutors said David used a bank account in the
name of his book to continue to profit from his fraudulent
scheme even after he escaped to Canada.
Despite being suspended from practicing law in New York
state since 2004, David continued to operate the immigration
fraud mill from Canada, authorities said.
The case is U.S. v Earl Seth David et al, U.S. District
Court, Southern District of New York, No.11-424.
For David: Avi Moskowitz of Moskowitz & Book in New York
For U.S: Assistant U.S. Attorneys Danya Perry and John Reh
(Reporting By Basil Katz)
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