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Notarios Victimize Immigrants Over New Policy

"The Obama administration said in the Aug. 18 announcement that it is creating an “interagency working group” to review the more than 300,000 immigrant files in deportation proceedings. It is unclear, however, who will be assigned to this working group and when or how it will announce...

Are Bureaucrats Blowing Off Obama’s New Immigration Policy?

"Why are undocumented immigrants that the administration says it intends to help stay in this country still facing deportation?" Nathan Pippenger, The New Republic, Oct. 4, 2011 .

Fake Lawyers and Notaries Prey on Immigrants

"Notaries are particularly well positioned to capitalize on confusion among immigrants, especially those from Latin America — the largest Chicago immigrant population — as notaries there have considerably more legal agency than they do in the United States. Victims have mistakenly...

Don't get scammed, immigrants told

"Dozens of community groups that help immigrants throughout the state will gather Thursday to discuss immigration services fraud, and how to combat the crime." - Record, Nov. 30, 2011 .

Notarios: Immigrant Friend or Foe?

The government is warning about potential scams in applying for citizenship and legal status that could cost thousands of dollars. By Hernán Rozemberg Fronteras: Friday, January 6, 2012 Notario Scammers SAN ANTONIO, Texas — "The...

QUEENS NOTARIA SENTENCED TO 121 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING IMMIGRANTS

"Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CLOVER A. PEREZ was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 121 months in prison for defrauding clients of thousands of dollars by filing false immigration benefit applications and for using clients’...

Minn. 'Notario' Taken Down by ICE, Local Cops

"Chris LaRiche seduced undocumented immigrants with lies, but he had a secret of his own." - Gregory Pratt, City Pages, Jan. 11, 2012 .

Free Webinar May 22nd: Reaching Victims of Notario Fraud

"This webinar will examine tools for identifying victims of fraudulent immigration consultants, options for helping victims, and ways to raise awareness about notario fraud in your community. Panelists include Nora Privitera of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Jason Abrams, from Abrams...

Reaching Victims of Notario Fraud: Free Webinar Tuesday, May 22nd

"Notario fraud remains rampant in immigrant communities across the country despite significant efforts by federal agencies and non-profit organizations to combat fraud by immigration consultants. This webinar will highlight tools that attorneys and organizations can utilize to battle notario fraud...

DREAMers: Avoid Notarios and Other Scammers

"We're not finished cheering, hugging and laughing with joy, but the hard-nosed among us are raising a red flag: DREAMers who may be eligible for Deferred Action and work permits under the new policy announced by DHS and President Obama need to protect themselves from notarios and other scammers...

$143K Class Action Judgment Against N.C. Notarios

Katharine Woomer-Deters writes: " Wanted to share this judgment we got in June 2012 against a local notario for $142,655.00 on behalf of a plaintiff class of approximately 275 former customers of the notario. The judgment has not been appealed, so is now a final judgment. We did not have a private...

'Notarios' Defraud Tennessee Hispanics

"The fact that some portions of Tennessee’s immigration population do not have local roots as deep as in other parts of the country might make the lack of reporting to state officials here worse. There are just fewer people around who can issue warnings about the dangers involved. “In...

Help Defeat Scammers; Tell the Truth About the 'New Law'

Maurice Goldman writes : "I have personally received calls the past few weeks about the “new law” or “nueva ley” that is in effect in immigration. Some reports are that people are already charging for services based on a legalization program or “amnesty.” NO SUCH...

Mayor of Chicago Announces Results of Sting Operation Targeting Fraudulent Immigration Service Providers

"The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) targeted 54 known immigration service providers and found that 44 percent of the businesses visited by City inspectors were not in compliance with the City ordinance regulating immigration service providers. BACP issued 77 charges...

Texas A.G. Shuts Down Fraudulent “Notarios” and Unauthorized Immigration Consultants in South Texas

" Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today that he has shut down three fraudulent “notario” operations in the Rio Grande Valley. A Hidalgo County district court granted the State’s request and issued permanent and temporary injunctions against the following four defendants...

Congress Considers Bills Targeting Notarios, Other Immigration Scammers

"Congress might address the issue as part of proposed immigration reforms that could expand protections against con-artists offering help to those seeking citizenship. “This is a foreseeable problem,” said Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, who introduced a bill that calls for a fine and...

Notorious notarios prey on immigrants

"Jiang is among an untold number of immigrants who experts say have been victimized by people in their own communities - people who aren't qualified to work on complex paperwork, but do so anyway for a steep fee. In Hispanic communities, they are called notarios, and in Asian and Eastern European...

New Cal. Bar Unit to Focus on UPIL

"Dunn said the new unit would be “fully engaged from day one,” focusing on complaints from consumers about notarios and immigration consultants." - Cal. Bar Journal, Feb. 2014 .

FTC Wins Court Judgment Against Immigration Services Scam

"A federal court has ordered the operators of a Baltimore-based immigration services scam to pay as much as $616,000 in refunds to Spanish-speaking immigrants, who were deceived into paying the defendants for immigration services that they were not qualified or authorized to provide. The order bans...

Notarios: Immigration 'Help' That Hurts

"Immigration fraud has many faces. There are the dramatic stories of big-time scams – immigrants cheated out of tens of thousands of dollars. But more commonly, it takes the much more banal form of work done poorly by people who aren’t licensed." - Marlon Bishop, June 27, 2014 ...

Philly Ordinance Strikes Blow Against Notarios, Protects Immigrants

"Just in time for an expected surge in immigration-services fraud, Philadelphia City Council passed landmark legislation Thursday to crack down on charlatans who pose as lawyers, and others who prey on vulnerable newcomers. Advocates for immigrants say President Obama’s recent executive...

Ticket to Nowhere

Peter St. Cyr, Santa Fe Reporter - Shady consultants in New Mexico lure immigrants with a dream that can't be bought.