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DC law firms charged with immigration fraud

[JURIST] Federal officials with the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement [official website], part of the US Department of Homeland Security, announced Thursday that a federal grand jury had indicted two Washington DC law firms, two associated lawyers and two legal assistants with conspiring to commit immigration fraud by improperly obtaining work visas for alien clients. The 149-count indictment issued April 28 cited the the Law Offices of I. Jay Fredman [firm website] and Sergei Danilov and Associates, and said they had charged legal fees as high as $22,000 for illegal services. All the individuals charged were arrested Thursday morning with the exception of one of the legal assistants, who is still at large. Two of those charged are foreign nationals with permanently residence in the US who could be deported if found guilty. Read the BICE press release. Bloomberg has more.

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