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New York lawyers, paralegals indicted in Chinese immigration fraud

Published: Dec 19, 2012 11:00 am By: Joseph Ax - Reuters

"Twenty-one of the defendants, including six lawyers, worked for law firms, mostly in Manhattan's Chinatown.

The firms where the indicted individuals worked include the Law Firm of Freddy Jacobs; the Law Office of Ken Giles; the Law Offices of John Wang, Moslemi and Associates; Bandrich and Associates; Gao and Associates; and the Law Offices of Adedayo Idowu. None of the firms themselves were charged, though in some cases their principal attorneys were indicted.

Three other firms where defendants worked were not identified in the indictments.

Attempts to reach individual defendants or to get comment from the identified firms were unsuccessful. People who answered the phones at the Ken Giles, John Wang and Adedayo Idowu firms declined to comment.

The defendants' lawyers were not immediately known. All 26 defendants face charges of conspiring to commit immigration fraud. Five also face charges of immigration fraud, and two are charged with identity fraud for selling fake birth certificates.

The defendants face anywhere from five to 35 years in prison."

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