A Bay Area immigration consultant and host of an immigration radio talk show is scheduled to be arraigned on charges she violated requirements of the Immigration Consultants Act, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors allege Elena Rivas, owner of Interamericana Unlimited, and three of her employees illegally accepted money for services without a written contract, did not provide detailed receipts for services, failed to post a required notice that they were not attorneys and provided services without being properly bonded and registered with the California secretary of state.
“The laws are set up to make sure that some of our most vulnerable residents receive adequate advocacy,” said deputy district attorney Garner Morris. “This is important work, and it needs to be done legally and right. In many cases, their ability to live and work and raise family depend on it.”
Rivas operated her business out of three locations in San Francisco, Concord and San Jose.
Source: Mercury News