Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03031141 (posted Mar. 11, 2003)"
Office of the Inspector General
For further information contact Patricia Yorkman at (202) 647-5015.
March 7, 2003
The Office of the Inspector General of the U. S. Department of State
announces the sentencing of Samuel G. Kooritzky on charges of conspiracy, labor
certification fraud, making false statements, immigration fraud, and money
laundering. The Honorable Leonie M. Brinkema sentenced Mr. Kooritzky today
for ten years imprisonment. She also ordered Mr. Kooritzky to pay
restitution to his victims and to forfeit $2,300,000 in unlawful proceeds to the
United States. Under an agreement with the United States, Mr. Kooritzky
agreed to waive appeal in this case and to plead guilty to one count of
extortion in a related, but pending case against him.
Samuel G. Kooritzky, age 64 of Vienna, Virginia, is an attorney and the owner
of the Capital Law Centers in Arlington, Virginia; Langley Park, Maryland; and
Washington, D.C. On December 11, 2002, he was convicted by a jury in the
Eastern District of Virginia of fifty-seven felony violations of federal law:
one count of conspiracy, fifteen counts of labor certification fraud, twenty
counts of making false statements, twenty counts of immigration fraud, and one
count of money laundering.
The charges against Mr. Kooritzky stemmed from his efforts to file fraudulent
applications for alien employment certification with the United States
Department of Labor on behalf of Northern Virginia businesses and local
immigrants. These applications ostensibly sought to convince the
Department of Labor that the businesses wanted to hire the immigrants because
the businesses could not find U.S. workers willing to fill job openings.
When approved, the applications allowed the immigrant involved to apply for a
green card to live and work in the United States. In practice, however,
none of the businesses listed in the applications had authorized the
applications. Rather, the applications contained a false job offer and the
forged signature of a manager of the business in question. Mr. Kooritzky
presented the applications as legitimate to the immigrants who signed the
applications and charged each immigrant between $7,000 and $20,000 per
Mr. Kooritzky’s conviction is the fourth conviction to come from a yearlong
investigation into labor certification fraud conducted by the United States
Department of Labor, the Office of Inspector General and Bureau of Diplomatic
Security in United States Department of State, the Internal Revenue Service, the
Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Fairfax County Police
Department. The other convictions involved three individuals who assisted Mr.
Kooritzky to prepare the fraudulent applications: Ronald Bogardus, Inderjeet
Kaur, and Carolina Trana. Mr. Bogardus was a contract employee of the Department
of State; Ms. Kaur and Ms. Trana worked for Mr. Kooritzky.
In total, Mr. Kooritzky and his associates filed over 2,700 fraudulent
applications with the Department of Labor and the Immigration and Naturalization
Service in the space of eighteen months, making this case one of the largest
labor certification frauds ever prosecuted.