Attorneys who admitted to immigration fraud and tax fraud have been disbarred by a Brooklyn appellate panel due to their felony convictions.
In two separate rulings, the Appellate Division, Second Department, on Wednesday disbarred attorneys Merrill Rubin of Nyack and Mengfei Yu.
In April 2013, Yu pleaded guilty in the Southern District to immigration fraud and conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. The fraud conviction was essentially the same as the state felony of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, said the Second Department.
Yu was one of almost 30 defendants, including eight lawyers, who were charged in a scheme arising from thousands of fraudulent asylum requests from Chinese applicants, according to the FBI.
Meanwhile, in January 2013, Rubin pleaded guilty in Rockland County Court to third-degree criminal tax fraud, a class D felony. In its disbarment, the Second Department noted Rubin failed to notify the court about the conviction.
Yu was admitted to the bar in 2010 after graduating from Wake Forest University School of Law. Rubin was admitted in 1980 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Presiding Justice Randall Eng (See Profile) and Justices Reinaldo Rivera (See Profile), Peter Skelos (See Profile), Mark Dillon (See Profile) and Ruth Balkin (See Profile) decided Matter of Mengfei Yu, 2013-10268.
Susan Korenberg appeared for the grievance committee. Patrick Joyce of Manhattan represented Yu.
Anthony Wynne appeared for the grievance committee.