Canada Man Extradited To NY To Face Fraud Charges

Published January 25, 2012 11:27PM (EST)

NEW YORK (AP) — A former operator of a New York-based immigration law firm has been extradited to New York from Canada to face charges he led a massive immigration fraud ring that processed thousands of false immigration applications.

Authorities announced Wednesday that Earl Seth David was brought to the United States on Tuesday. He was arrested in Canada on Oct. 11 on charges in a sealed indictment. The charges include conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, conspiracy to make false statements to immigration authorities and conspiracy to commit money laundering. His lawyer declined to comment.

Federal prosecutors say David's firm made millions of dollars by charging high fees to illegal immigrants to fraudulently get them immigration status. Authorities say David fled to Canada in 2006 and his law firm closed in 2009.

By Salon Staff

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