#BayArea immigration scam busted

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

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s