Attorney Ilona Dzhamgarova has been disbarred after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court ruled on December 27, 2023, that Dzhamgarova’s actions were in violation of Judiciary Law §90(4)(a), which automatically disbars attorneys convicted of a felony.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Ilona Dzhamgarovais,” with case no. 2023-02540.

Dzhamgarova pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 25, 2023, before Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. She was sentenced on May 31, 2023, to 24 months in prison, plus two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.

The conviction stems from Dzhamgarova’s role in advising immigration clients to falsely claim persecution in their home countries due to their sexual orientation, knowing the claims of persecution were false. She instructed clients to obtain fake membership cards from an LGBTQ organization and have sham same-sex partners submit fraudulent affidavits in support of asylum applications.

Dzhamgarova admitted knowing clients’ affidavits contained false information but submitting them anyway to help clients receive asylum status in the United States. Following her conviction, the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts brought a motion to disbar Dzhamgarova.

On a December 27, 2023 opinion, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court agreed with the Grievance Committee that Dzhamgarova’s criminal conduct was essentially similar to the New York felony of offering a false instrument for filing

Dzhamgarova had argued the federal offense she pled to was only a misdemeanor under New York law, but the court said she did more than agree to the fraud by actually submitting false applications and affidavits.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law 90(4)(a), the respondent, Ilona Dzhamgarova, is disbarred, effective January 25, 2023, and her name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law, pursuant to Judiciary Law 90(4)(b).”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Dzhamgarova was an immigration attorney in Brooklyn, New York. She attended the Hofstra University School of Law, graduating in 2003. She acquired her law license in New York in 2007.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.