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"Attorney General Lisa Madigan today
filed suit against a Waukegan woman for fraudulently posing as a
licensed attorney to immigrants seeking help with their status. Madigan
said the defendant's illegal practices cheated immigrants out of their
upfront payments and put them at risk for deportation. Madigan filed the lawsuit in Lake
County Circuit Court alleging Margaret Carrasco went to great lengths to
mislead immigrants that she was a licensed attorney able to assist them
by representing them at immigration hearings and helping with document
preparation. "Because the immigration process is
so complex and consumers are often desperate for help, the environment
is ripe for scam artists," Attorney General Madigan said. "This
defendant completely misled consumers who needed help, taking their
money and putting them at great risk for deportation.""
Illinois Attorney General, Oct. 14, 2011.
researchers have been able to quantify the precise extent of the
problem over the years. But a 2004 study published in the Georgetown
Immigration Law Journal found that at least tens of thousands across the
country are defrauded every year."
Chicago Reporter, Oct. 14, 2011.