Posted on Wed, Mar. 4, 2009

Feasterville man pleads guilty in immigration fraud

A codefendant in what officials say was a massive immigration-fraud scheme run by a Russian-born businessman pleaded guilty yesterday, U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid said.
Yevgeny Zemlyansky, 62, of Feasterville, pleaded guilty to one count of asylum fraud, one count of conspiracy, two counts of money laundering, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and one count of making false statements to the federal government.

Zemlyansky worked with businessman David Lynn and four other codefendants who were operating a fraudulent business in Northeast Philadelphia and Southampton that filed at least 380 bogus asylum applications for clients between January 2003 and March 2007, authorities say. Zemlyansky faces up to 80 years in prison and a fine of up to $2.25 million.

Lynn, Ilya Zherelyev, Anatoly Zagrinichny, and Nelly Katsman have pleaded guilty. Akbar Kadirov's trial is scheduled for April 20. - Inquirer staff ... fraud.html