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American lawyer chooses Canada and loses

American lawyer chooses Canada and loses

An immigration lawyer on the run from authorities has made a dunderhead of himself by seeking safe haven in Canada.New York immigration attorney Earl Seth David was arrested in Canada last week…

An immigration lawyer on the run from authorities has made a dunderhead of himself by seeking safe haven in Canada.

New York immigration attorney Earl Seth David was arrested in Canada last week on charges that he ran an "immigration fraud mill".

Reuters reports that David has been accused of running a nice little earner (as they don't say in Manhattan) by submitting at least 25,000 immigration applications over 15 years at up to $30,000 a pop.

Folklaw spent way too much time in high school watching that great Canadian show Degrassi Junior High and chillin-out to Canadian artists such as Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and The Tea Party to be any good at maths, but it can only agree with prosecutors who allege that David made millions of dollars from the scheme.

Cryptically, the lawyer is also known as 'Rabbi Avraham David", and has previously passed himself off as an expert in the Bible Codes.

In order to get the applications over the line, David is accused of making bogus claims that the immigrants were being sponsored by US companies.

The rogue lawyer was suspended from practice in 2004, but it is alleged he continued to run the scheme from Canada, where he fled in 2006.

Former colleagues from his practice are also implicated in the scheme and are amongst 12 people that have been charged.

For an immigration law expert, Folklaw is amazed that he chose to flee to Canada, a country America has an extradition treaty with.

That is why, when Folklaw has time to put on an old classic western, the bad guys always fled over the border to Mexico, never to Canada.

While that legal loophole from Wyatt Earp's days has been corrected, there are still a whole host of countries David could have fled to, including Morocco, Vietnam and, as Roman Polanski knows, France.

If convicted, David faces up to 20 years in prison.

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