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Durham Attorney Sentenced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2012

Aided and abetted immigration offense

Greensboro, N.C. – Durham immigration attorney ALEXANDER L. LAPINSKI has been sentenced for his role in preparing and submitting a false Application for Naturalization, announced United States Attorney Ripley Rand.

LAPINSKI, age 45, was sentenced on June 14, 2012, by Judge William L. Osteen, Jr. to three years probation to include eight months of monitored home detention. The defendant was also fined $1,600.00. LAPINSKI waived indictment and pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on March 16, 2012, to a one count Information which alleged that he knowingly prepared and submitted an Application for Naturalization for an individual that included a false name.

Between August 2009 and January 2010, LAPINSKI aided and abetted Oleksiy Solomonko by making false statements on Solomonko’s Application for Naturalization. LAPINSKI certified as true and correct that the applicant’s name was Roman Kylymnyk, when in fact LAPINSKI knew that to be false.

"As a result of this investigation, not only will Mr. Lapinski's scheme to fraudulently gain immigration benefits for his clients come to an end, he will also be barred from practicing law in national immigration courts and in North Carolina," said Brock D. Nicholson, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Atlanta. "American citizenship is a highly sought status across the world, and HSI will continue to work diligently to safeguard the application process and uphold the integrity of our system." Nicholson oversees HSI activities in Georgia and the Carolinas.

LAPINSKI has been barred from practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and the Department of Homeland Security. He voluntarily surrendered his North Carolina law license following his guilty plea.

The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arnold Husser.

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