A New York immigration lawyer who fraudulently presented himself as a rabbi was sentenced to a four-year prison term.
Earl Seth David, 49, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan for passing himself off as Rabbi Avraham David in order to swindle illegal immigrants in their bid for naturalization. He also was forced to pay $2.5 million in damages.
Aiming to win the trust of the immigrants, David posed as a rabbi for 13 years and would take up to $30,000 per case to forge documents to submit to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Former congressman Anthony Weiner, who represented one of the most heavily Jewish districts in the nation before his fall from grace, is still considering a run in this year’s Democratic primary for mayor, he told The New York Times Magazine in Sunday’s edition.
After extensive questioning, police have charged Ruben Ubiles, 34, of Bedford-Stuyvesant with burglary, arson and criminal mischief as felony hate crimes, as well as reckless damage and reckless endangerment, reports said Friday.
The New York Times said Ubiles had a prior arrest record for robbery, assault and drug possession.
Ubiles was apprehended by police based on surveillance footage at a Williamsburg housing project where a mezuzah was burned on Tuesday. According to some reports Ubiles posted on Facebook that he was annoyed about Jews setting fires on streetcorners, apparently referring to chasidim burning chametz before Passover.
On Thursday Ubiles was charged with an unrelated crime, criminal contempt in connection with a violation of a court order of protection obtained by his girlfriend, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told The Jewish Week.