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  1. #1
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    Just thought I would share this bit of information with you:

    An angry federal judge sentenced an Arlington lawyer to 10 years in prison yesterday, saying Samuel G. Kooritzky fleeced hundreds of desperate immigrants in a massive labor fraud scheme that the judge blasted as "appalling."

    "This is a terrible case," U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said as she handed down the sentence and ordered Kooritzky to forfeit $2.3 million to compensate his victims. "These were people who came to this country with certain dreams and hopes. . . . Those dreams and hopes have been ruined by your conduct."

    Dressed in a green prison jumpsuit and speaking in a voice barely above a whisper, Kooritzky answered questions from the judge but did not make a statement. His sentence, the maximum allowed under federal guidelines, came as part of an agreement with prosecutors under which he said he would not challenge the sentence and waived his right to appeal the guilty verdict. In return, prosecutors will not seek additional prison time for a second set of charges on which Kooritzky was indicted last month.

    Prosecutors described the case, the fourth conviction to come from a year-long investigation by various federal agencies, as one of the largest instances of labor certification fraud in history. Kooritzky, 64, of Vienna, has agreed to cooperate in the continuing probe, and sources said charges against others are possible.

    "The defendant recklessly played with people's lives to make some easy money," Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Morton told the judge yesterday.

    The investigation of Kooritzky -- head of the well-known immigration firm Capital Law Centers, with offices in Arlington, Takoma Park and Washington -- began to heat up in July when federal agents swarmed into Arlington and filed charges against him and an associate, Ronald W. Bogardus. The two were accused of repeatedly filing false certification papers with the U.S. Department of Labor to help hundreds of immigrants get permanent resident visas, or green cards.

    Kooritzky's firm specialized in applying to state governments for labor certifications, in which a business claims it cannot find a U.S. citizen for a particular job. An immigrant then uses the certification to apply for a green card. Kooritzky's firm submitted thousands of phony applications for labor certifications without telling the businesses they were being used. For example, Kooritzky filed 230 applications on behalf of two Chili's restaurants in Northern Virginia and 173 for a Shoney's in Manassas; the restaurants did not need the workers and knew nothing of the filings.

    Kooritzky's firm would charge immigrants $8,000 to $20,000 for the service. Evidence at his trial showed that he made about $3.3 million from the scheme and was owed $6.3 million.

    He was convicted in December of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. Bogardus, 65, of Arlington, earlier pleaded guilty, cooperated with prosecutors and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

    Federal officials have been inundated with calls from illegal immigrants saying they had lost their savings. Many of them will be deported, officials said.

    Several victims testified at yesterday's hearing. One, Prabodh Pathak, said he approached Kooritzky's firm for help obtaining a visa after seeing an ad in an Indian newspaper. "People ask how come you didn't suspect it," he said. ". . . Who are you going to believe if you don't believe an attorney?"

    Brinkema picked up on that theme, telling Kooritzky that his conduct was especially troubling because of his professional obligations. "When a lawyer breaks his contract with his profession, with his client, the court needs to send a clear message that this conduct will not be tolerated," she said.

    Kooritzky's lawyer, Marvin P. Miller, urged the judge to "not totally discount Mr. Kooritzky's 64 years" and his hard work on behalf of clients. But he did not try to challenge the sentence, saying he was "not here to excuse anything . . . it was wrong, and a lawyer is supposed to know better."

    As part of his agreement, Kooritzky said he would plead guilty to one of the three counts of extortion on which he was indicted last month. He is accused of pressuring a client to withdraw a lawsuit against him.

    MY QUESTION IS, HOW MANY PEOPLE GOT GREEN CARDS THROUGH HIM? I AM SURE NUMEROUS. MY POINT HERE IS THAT AS LONG AS THESE PEOPLE ARE AROUND, THNGS WILL NEVER CHANGE, YOU COULD TALK HATE TILL YOU ARE BLUE IN THE FACE.

    I AM TOLD THAT AN AMERICAN WILL SELL THEIR MOTHER FOR A PRICE - SO TRUE.

    WHILE YOU ARE SECURING YOUR BORDERS FROM DIRTY IMMIGRANTS, WHO ARE SECURING THE "SO-CALLED LAW ABIDING AMERICANS" FROM THEMSELVES. BECAUSE, BELEIVE ME ONE OF THEM ARE GOING TO BLOW UP SOMETHING - AND SOON, AND YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE GOING TO BLAME BEFORE FINDING THE CULPRIT - IMMIGRANTS.

  2. #2
    Guest
    Just thought I would share this bit of information with you:

    An angry federal judge sentenced an Arlington lawyer to 10 years in prison yesterday, saying Samuel G. Kooritzky fleeced hundreds of desperate immigrants in a massive labor fraud scheme that the judge blasted as "appalling."

    "This is a terrible case," U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said as she handed down the sentence and ordered Kooritzky to forfeit $2.3 million to compensate his victims. "These were people who came to this country with certain dreams and hopes. . . . Those dreams and hopes have been ruined by your conduct."

    Dressed in a green prison jumpsuit and speaking in a voice barely above a whisper, Kooritzky answered questions from the judge but did not make a statement. His sentence, the maximum allowed under federal guidelines, came as part of an agreement with prosecutors under which he said he would not challenge the sentence and waived his right to appeal the guilty verdict. In return, prosecutors will not seek additional prison time for a second set of charges on which Kooritzky was indicted last month.

    Prosecutors described the case, the fourth conviction to come from a year-long investigation by various federal agencies, as one of the largest instances of labor certification fraud in history. Kooritzky, 64, of Vienna, has agreed to cooperate in the continuing probe, and sources said charges against others are possible.

    "The defendant recklessly played with people's lives to make some easy money," Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Morton told the judge yesterday.

    The investigation of Kooritzky -- head of the well-known immigration firm Capital Law Centers, with offices in Arlington, Takoma Park and Washington -- began to heat up in July when federal agents swarmed into Arlington and filed charges against him and an associate, Ronald W. Bogardus. The two were accused of repeatedly filing false certification papers with the U.S. Department of Labor to help hundreds of immigrants get permanent resident visas, or green cards.

    Kooritzky's firm specialized in applying to state governments for labor certifications, in which a business claims it cannot find a U.S. citizen for a particular job. An immigrant then uses the certification to apply for a green card. Kooritzky's firm submitted thousands of phony applications for labor certifications without telling the businesses they were being used. For example, Kooritzky filed 230 applications on behalf of two Chili's restaurants in Northern Virginia and 173 for a Shoney's in Manassas; the restaurants did not need the workers and knew nothing of the filings.

    Kooritzky's firm would charge immigrants $8,000 to $20,000 for the service. Evidence at his trial showed that he made about $3.3 million from the scheme and was owed $6.3 million.

    He was convicted in December of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. Bogardus, 65, of Arlington, earlier pleaded guilty, cooperated with prosecutors and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

    Federal officials have been inundated with calls from illegal immigrants saying they had lost their savings. Many of them will be deported, officials said.

    Several victims testified at yesterday's hearing. One, Prabodh Pathak, said he approached Kooritzky's firm for help obtaining a visa after seeing an ad in an Indian newspaper. "People ask how come you didn't suspect it," he said. ". . . Who are you going to believe if you don't believe an attorney?"

    Brinkema picked up on that theme, telling Kooritzky that his conduct was especially troubling because of his professional obligations. "When a lawyer breaks his contract with his profession, with his client, the court needs to send a clear message that this conduct will not be tolerated," she said.

    Kooritzky's lawyer, Marvin P. Miller, urged the judge to "not totally discount Mr. Kooritzky's 64 years" and his hard work on behalf of clients. But he did not try to challenge the sentence, saying he was "not here to excuse anything . . . it was wrong, and a lawyer is supposed to know better."

    As part of his agreement, Kooritzky said he would plead guilty to one of the three counts of extortion on which he was indicted last month. He is accused of pressuring a client to withdraw a lawsuit against him.

    MY QUESTION IS, HOW MANY PEOPLE GOT GREEN CARDS THROUGH HIM? I AM SURE NUMEROUS. MY POINT HERE IS THAT AS LONG AS THESE PEOPLE ARE AROUND, THNGS WILL NEVER CHANGE, YOU COULD TALK HATE TILL YOU ARE BLUE IN THE FACE.

    I AM TOLD THAT AN AMERICAN WILL SELL THEIR MOTHER FOR A PRICE - SO TRUE.

    WHILE YOU ARE SECURING YOUR BORDERS FROM DIRTY IMMIGRANTS, WHO ARE SECURING THE "SO-CALLED LAW ABIDING AMERICANS" FROM THEMSELVES. BECAUSE, BELEIVE ME ONE OF THEM ARE GOING TO BLOW UP SOMETHING - AND SOON, AND YOU KNOW WHO THEY ARE GOING TO BLAME BEFORE FINDING THE CULPRIT - IMMIGRANTS.

  3. #3
    Guest
    You are so right!

  4. #4
    Guest
    Of course if this illegal invasion never took place this never would of happened, amazing the corruption this brings with it and you act as if humans are different from country to country, look at the corruption in Mexico , bribes are the way of life, corruption is the way of life there, you bring it here and then you blame human nature. If you all go home, corruption like this would not have a chance to happen would it??? They would have to find another scam, RIGHT.!!! Put the blame where it belongs, on the folks that created the opportunity, illegal aliens PERIOD.

    Hispanics being used increasingly to transport drugs
    The Associated Press

    The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
    December 30, 2002; page 3A

    RALEIGH - Hundreds of immigrant drug traffickers [illegal aliens] have flooded North Carolina in the past seven years, an increase linked to the growth of Hispanic immigrants in the state, authorities say.

    At the end of 1995, just 10 Hispanics [illegal aliens] were in state prisons for drug trafficking convictions. As of October, that number has risen to 400, according to the N.C. Department of Correction.

    In Wake County, where Hispanics make up 5.4 percent of the total population, they accounted for 46 percent of drug trafficking arrests in 2002, the Wake County Sheriff's Office reported.

    "Mexican drug trade organizations (in North Carolina) have essentially taken over the drug trafficking business from other groups," said Kerri Pepoy, an intelligence analyst for the National Drug Intelligence Center.

    Nationally, near half of all people charged with federal drug offenses between 1984 and 1999 were Hispanic, according to a 1999 U.S. Department of Justice report.

    According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, about 65 percent of all the cocaine that enters this country and the majority of marijuana comes from Mexico.

    Hispanic leaders say drug dealers lure poor immigrants [illegal aliens] into their service with money and worry that the increase in drug arrests could paint an unfair picture of the growing immigrant [illegal alien] community.

    North Carolina's Hispanic population has soared 394 percent since 1990, with about 65 percent arriving from Mexico, according to Census reports.

    "To my knowledge, the majority of people [illegal aliens] coming here are just hard-working individuals trying to support their families," said Andrea Bazan-Manson, executive director of El Pueblo, Inc., a Hispanic advocacy group in Raleigh.

    "Drug trafficking is not a part of that equation. Any community has a criminal element, and I think it's important to separate the immigrants [illegal aliens] that are here working from that element."

    Pepoy said an immigrant [illegal alien] can make $2,000 to $3,000 by carrying drugs from North Carolina to Texas.

    Mexican traffickers have gained control of the state's cocaine and marijuana distribution by increasing their volume while undercutting competing groups' prices, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center.

    The North America Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], which led to the loss of thousands of textile jobs in North Carolina, has also played a role in the drug trade, said David Gaddis, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA's North Carolina operations.

    "The free trade agreement made it possible for the movement of thousands of containers across the U.S.-Mexican border," Gaddis said. "It's common for drugs to be woven into those legitimate cargoes."

    Mexican drug lords work with Colombian cocain suppliers to transport the drug into the country as a powder, Pepoy said. Once it reaches the retailers, it's cooked and sold on the streets as crack."

    --

    "The southwest border isn't along the Rio Grande anymore," said W. Michael Furgason, the special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Atlanta office. "It's in Atlanta and North Carolina and Chicago and even Yonkers and New Rochelle."


    http://www.aldenchronicles.com/front...page_cis9.html



    FRONT PAGE FEATURE



    IRS IS SUBVERTING IMMIGRATION CONTROLS


    Agency's Taxpayer ID Number Available to Millions of Illegal Aliens

    While Americans anxiously avoid the attention of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), that agency is providing cover to 9 million illegal aliens in the United States. By providing illegal aliens with a government-issued identity number, used in lieu of a Social Security number, the IRS is subverting the immigration law, undermining national security, and thwarting efforts by other federal agencies to cooperate in homeland security efforts.

    These are among the conclusions of "Giving Cover to Illegal Aliens: IRS Tax ID Numbers Subvert Immigration Law," a new report by Ms. Marti Dinerstein, president of Immigration Matters, a public-policy analysis firm in New York, and a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.

    Dinerstein found that the IRS decided in 1996 to treat illegal immigrants as "resident aliens" based on their "substantial presence" in the U.S., thus rendering them eligible for the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). The ITIN is intended as a substitute to the Social Security number for tax purposes only, but it has turned into an official identity number used by illegal aliens to open bank accounts and, in some instances, obtain drivers licenses.

    The 9/11 hijackers benefitted from a flourishing market in fraudulent documents catering to America's record-high illegal-alien population by easily acquiring real or fake driver's licenses and Social Security numbers. Now an agency of the federal government is broadening access by illegal aliens to documents that aid in laundering their residency status. In 1999, the Treasury Department's Inspector General for Tax Administration noted this contradiction, saying that the IRS policy of issuing ITINs to illegal aliens "seems counter-productive to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) mission to identify and prevent unlawful entry."

    The IRS policy, Dinerstein contends, also runs counter to the Social Security Administration's recent efforts to stem unlawful use of Social Security numbers (SSN). That agency has taken steps to limit the purposes for which an SSN can be issued and to better validate the underlying "breeder" documents presented to obtain an SSN. This past summer, the agency mailed out more than 750,000 letters to employers of approximately 7 million workers whose names did not match the SSN provided.

    "The IRS is giving cover to illegal aliens by pretending that the ITIN is solely for tax purposes, when in actuality it is commonly used to establish official identity," Dinerstein said. "This policy also violates the USA Patriot Act by withholding information from the INS and the Social Security Administration about the fraudulent activity of illegal aliens," she added.

    The report will be on line November 18 at:
    http://www.cis.org/articles/2002/back1202.html.

    CONTACT: Marti Dinerstein, mdinerstein@earthlink.net

  5. #5
    Guest
    Mexican Army Invading U.S.
    Phil Brennan, NewsMax.com
    Friday, March 7, 2003
    It's the war nobody wants to talk about well-armed Mexican soldiers storming across America's southern border, sometimes with guns blazing.
    "We are in state of war," Edward Nelson, chairman of U.S. Border Control told Soldier of Fortune magazine. "And we are fighting enemies who have brought the battle to our shores. If ever there was a time for the United States to put troops on the border, it is now."

    In a blockbuster expose' the magazine's Rob Krott wrote in the March issue that over the past five years, there have been 120 documented incidents of Mexican military/police incursions sometimes resulting in the arrest of Mexican Army personnel on U.S. soil by Border Patrol agents.

    Thousands of Mexican soldiers, often ill-trained draftees, have been moved up to the border allegedly to fight narco smuggling and many times these armed men cross the border chasing drug traffickers.

    "Anytime you have the Mexican military running around with all these weapons and military gear it's quite frightening." Says Raleigh Leonard, a Border Patrol public information officer.

    Krott cites incidents such as the one in March 2000 where soldiers in two Mexican Army Humvees fired on Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, and another on October when 10 Mexican soldiers fired at a Border Patrol helicopter in California.

    Rep. Tom Tancredo, chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus claimed in a May, 2002 press release that there were 23 incursions by Mexican authorities in 2001 alone.

    And in a letter to Soldier of Fortune magazine, a Border Patrol agent stated that "The vast majority of the American people are totally oblivious that armed forces of a foreign nation routinely violate the sovereignty of the U.S."

    Shockingly, the agent revealed that "Out government is aware of these incidents, but refuses to take any steps to stop these flagrant violations."

    Krott cites a series of incidents that have taken place this year.

    Humvees full of troops pointing a rifle at Border Patrol agents;
    Incursions by "groups of six to eight armed men, possibly Mexican cops wearing black bulletproof vest and carrying machine guns.
    A Chevy Suburban hit five times by gunfire and containing 22 "undocumented migrants," eight of whom suffered gunshot wounds fired from a Mexican Army vehicle which then fled back across the border to Mexico.
    Incredibly, some of these "anti-drug trafficking troops" are themselves trafficking in drugs, Krott reveals.

    "Many U.S. law-enforcement officials working along the border acknowledge the involvement of Mexican military troops and police in narcotics trafficking and migrant smuggling business," he wrote.

    "Many Mexican police agencies along the border are in the pay of the narcotraficantes and the corruption extends to high-ranking key Mexican military officers."

    Krott adds that "Drug cartels spend $500 million a year to pay off corrupt Mexican generals and police officials."

    Said Congressman Tancredo: "There's no doubt Mexican military units along the border are being controlled by drug cartels, and not by Mexico City. The military units operate freely, with little or no direction, and several of them have made numerous incursions into the Unite States."

    Trancredo warned that "unless we open our eyes and recognize that what's happening along the U.S.-Mexican border is real, one of our guys is going to get killed."



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  6. #6
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    Is this the corruption you are talking about
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Wednesday, 02/19/03
    Nurse: Tyson Foods employed children at plants

    By BILL POOVEY
    Associated Press

    CHATTANOOGA " A former nurse at a Tyson Foods poultry plant in Missouri told a federal jury yesterday that children were among Hispanics working on the processing lines.

    Kelly Englert, who in March 2001 quit after six years as a Tyson occupational health nurse in Sedalia, Mo., testified that one worker in the ''deboning line'' there told her he was 9 years old. After she reported that to superiors, ''he worked two more summers'' at the plant, she said at the immigrant-smuggling conspiracy trial.

    Englert, who told jurors she was concerned the plant ''hired underage Hispanics,'' also testified that another immigrant worker injured by an auger turned out to be 14.

    The Springdale, Ark.-based meat company is on trial with retired manager Gerald Lankford, 64, of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; Robert Hash, 50, of Greenwood, Ark., the company's retail fresh division vice president; and Keith Snyder, 44, of Bella Vista, Ark., who has worked as a plant manager in Shelbyville and Noel, Mo.

    Hash and Snyder are on administrative leave.

    Two other fired Tyson managers pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors and are expected to testify during the two-month trial.

    The government contends undercover agents delivered 136 illegal immigrants to Tyson plants in six states as part of a nationwide conspiracy that began in 1994 after company managers had trouble hiring production workers.

    Testifying in the eighth day of the trial, Englert also said human resources managers at the plant sometimes made worker recruiting trips to Texas.

    She said that after those trips Hispanic workers arrived by the busloads, on occasion at a rate of ''100 to 200 a day.''

    Englert said many of the workers, who could not speak English, ''explained they were provided bus transportation. They were all Hispanic.''

    She testified that on one occasion in 1998, after some managers said immigration agents might be in the area, large numbers of Hispanic workers did not show up and forced the shutdown of ''more than half the plant for more than a week.''

    Englert said about 80% of the work force was Hispanic at the time she quit.

    Tyson attorney Mark Hopson of Washington asked Englert if she was angry because Tyson fired her ''significant other'' in early 2001.

    ''Then I was angry,'' Englert said. ''Today I could care less.''

    Two former presidents of the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Union testified yesterday that they complained about Tyson hiring what they considered to be excessive numbers of Hispanic workers at the plant in Shelbyville.

    Tyson attorneys contend the government's three-year undercover investigation involved entrapment tactics.

    If convicted, Tyson could be forced to pay millions of dollars in fines and could lose government contracts.

    The jury also would decide the amount of any financial gain from using illegal workers.

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