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Durham immigration lawyer pleads guilty to federal charges

Posted March 16, 2012
Updated July 11

— A Durham immigration attorney has pleaded guilty to charges of helping falsifying immigration papers, according to federal court documents filed this week.

Alexander Lapinski apparently suggested to a woman who was going to be deported that she needed to get a new marriage certificate with a different name for her husband. He then signed naturalization papers with the husband's false name.

According to his website, Lapinski is originally from Poland and came to the United States in the 1980s as a political refugee.


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  • CarolinianByChoice Mar 19, 2012

    NC Bar Association has no record of this guy - and from what you can see on the cached version of his website (t has been taken out of commission already) he doesn't advertise admittance to any state's bar. Looks like the list of charges might start mounting up on this guy

  • rlee1117 Mar 16, 2012

    Lawyer HMMMMMMMMMMM in DURHAM TOO! How did he do that one!!!!!

  • Uhavenoclu Mar 16, 2012

    Like everything else there is the proble,m....GET RID OF THE LAWYERS.

  • wattsdavm2 Mar 16, 2012

    Technically in Durham. This guy was barely in the city limits of Durham. His office was off of Hwy. 54 and Apex Hwy. 55/I40. More close to Apex/Wake County than central Durham right at the Research Triangle Park dealing with all the immigrants coming to work there. Columbia University in New York City and law school in New York City.

  • ims1924 Mar 16, 2012

    Laws mean very little to most of these people. The U.S. will be a third world country by the year 2050.

  • muggs Mar 16, 2012

    Was just wondering how many others that have been helped by this guy.

  • AX MAN Mar 16, 2012

    Durham......Just makes you want to pick up and move there.

  • medicine woman2 Mar 16, 2012

    Nah.say it ain't so.......don't stop here......keeping checking