Daily News Wire Services - October 16, 2010
West Covina, CA - An immigration atorney was due before a federal judge for the first time on Friday in connection with an alleged decade-long employment visa fraud scheme in which profits were used to buy vacant grave sites in Whittier as an investment. Kelly Einstein Darwin Giles, 46, owner of a West Covina law practice formerly known as the East West Law Group, was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at Los Angeles International Airport late Thursday as he returned from an out-of-town trip. His two business associates, Joseph Wai-man Wu, 50, and Wu's wife, May Yin-man Wu, 43, were arrested early Thursday, ICE officials said. The three are accused of setting up nearly a dozen shell companies in order to file fraudulent employment visa petitions on behalf of their clients. Many of the petitions were for H-1B visas, which are reserved for foreign workers with specialized skills, such as accountants and information technology professionals. Authorities allege the aliens named in those visa applications never worked for the defendants or the fictitious companies. ICE agents, executing a search warrant at Giles' law office, seized immigration applications and documents, financial records and computer equipment. The Wus made their initial appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles, where a magistrate set bond for each at $250,000. Giles was due in court Friday afternoon.