Monday, April 16, 2018
The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney convicted of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud.
From the recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board
During his allocution, respondent admitted that, while working on asylum applications in Manhattan, New York, from 2008 through December 2012, he came to believe with a "high probability" that the applications were "false." Despite that belief, respondent did not investigate the truth or falsity of the applications, and continued to work on them. He admitted that he worked in concert with others at his law firm and that some of the "false" applications were submitted to the immigration court.
He was sentenced to a 24-month prison term.
In the disciplinary case, he placed the blame on his being manipulated by his "young, attractive office staff."
The breadth and depth of the fraud that respondent perpetrated against the United States government, along with his refusal to take responsibility therefor, beyond entering a guilty plea to the crime, lead us to only one conclusion: respondent should be disbarred.
He also has been disbarred in New York. (Mike Frisch)