Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CIRC Applauds Attorney General Suthers Taking a Strong Stand Against Defrauding Immigrants

COLORADO - Today, Attorney General John Suthers announced that a Colorado business that advertised itself around the country as an "expert team of professionals" dealing with immigration questions has been barred from engaging in immigration-assistance services and ordered to pay a total of $2.5 million in restitution and civil penalties. The center was found to have fraudulently collected approximately $1.5 million from 4,610 consumers across the United States. Julien Ross, Executive Director of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition issued the following statement:
"We applaud Attorney General John Suthers for taking a strong stand against consumer fraud targeting immigrant families and workers here in Colorado. In recent weeks, much national spotlight has been focused on the topic of immigration. With the prospect of comprehensive immigration reform continually on the horizon and media focusing on aspects of a potential new law, misunderstanding that the law has already changed is not uncommon. This is a ripe environment for fraudulent scam artists looking to take advantage of immigrants. We hope that Mr. Suthers' ruling will send a strong message across Colorado that the deceptive practice of law to exploit immigrants will not be tolerated."

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