Decided on November 8, 2012
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SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISIONFirst Judicial Department Rolando T. Acosta,Justice Presiding, Dianne T. Renwick Leland G. DeGrasse Helen E. Freedman Rosalyn H. Richter,Justices.
Disciplinary proceedings instituted by the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department. Respondent, Earl S. David, was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York at a Term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Second Judicial Department on December 14, 1988.
IN THE MATTER OF EARL S. DAVID, A SUSPENDED ATTORNEY
Respondent Earl S. David was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York by the Second Judicial Department on December 14, 1988 as Earl Seth David. Respondent's last registered business address was in New Jersey. However, for a significant portion of the period at issue, 1996-2009, respondent maintained an office for the practice of law within the First Department.
In an order dated January 29, 2004, this Court suspended respondent for a period of 15 months for his participation in a scheme involving securities fraud, bribery, and money laundering. Respondent was granted immunity from criminal prosecution after agreeing to cooperate with federal authorities.
In October 2011, respondent, along with 11 other co-defendants, was charged in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York with conspiracy to commit immigration fraud through the making of material false statements in violation of 18 USC §§ 371, 1001, and 1546(a); making false statements to immigration authorities in violation of 18 USC §§ 1546(a) and 2; conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in violation of 18 USC §§ 1341, 1343, and 1349; and conspiracy to commit money laundering in violation of 18 USC § 1956(a)(1)(B)(I) and (h).
Specifically, from 1996 through 2009, respondent organized an immigration fraud scheme by filing fraudulent applications and petitions with the United States Department of Labor and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for labor certifications and for adjustment of legal status based on, among other things, phony claims that employers had sponsored the individuals for employment in the United States. Respondent operated this scheme out of his Manhattan law office.
On April 2, 2012, pursuant to a plea agreement, respondent pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Respondent has not yet been sentenced.
During his plea allocution respondent admitted that from 1996 to 2009 he conspired to file more than 100 immigration documents, that he knew were false, with the Department of Labor. He further admitted that he knew it was against the law to do so. Respondent also stipulated that under federal sentencing guidelines he could be sentenced to a period of incarceration ranging from 78 to 97 months and that he was subject to a ...