CITY COUNCILMAN Dennis O'Brien and Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez yesterday introduced a resolution in Council seeking to hold hearings on the issue of "notario fraud" and other immigration-consultant fraud.
Their target is people who pose as lawyers or offer legal advice on immigration when they are not accredited to do so. "They charge tens of thousands of dollars," O'Brien said. Their prey? Vulnerable people in immigrant communities who seek benefits such as a green card.
"Often these people [victims] are on a legal path to citizenship. But if the papers are filed incorrectly or not filed at all, then you're out of here," O'Brien said, meaning they could be deported.