Saying that impostor lawyers are stealing "thousands of dollars" from immigrants, Philadelphia City Councilman Dennis O'Brien will introduce a bill Thursday aimed at stopping the practice known as " notario fraud."
The word notario is referenced because in Latin American countries, a notario publico is a lawyer.
O'Brien's legislation would establish regulations for licenses, public disclosures, prohibited acts, and penalties.
"These [scammers] have no credentials," said O'Brien. "They steal thousands of dollars from people who are trying to find a legal means to citizenship. When they are defrauded, they become subject to deportation."