Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department has disbarred an attorney convicted by a jury of immigration fraud:
The criminal charges against respondent alleged that from in or about 2000 to in or about 2008, respondent and his co-defendant paralegal ran an immigration law practice in Bronx County during which time they prepared hundreds of fraudulent applications for amnesty and other immigration related benefits and filed those applications with the U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services. In addition, it was alleged that in November 2005, respondent falsely signed, under penalty of perjury, an amnesty application avowing that he had personal knowledge of the information contained therein and that the information had been provided to him directly by the applicant.
The court rejected the attorney's request for confidential treatment of the disciplinary order. (Mike Frisch)