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District of Columbia settles with lawyer accused of notario fraud for $250,000

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced April 18 that Unlimited Technology and Solutions Corporation (UTS) and owner Mardoqueo M. Sanchez will pay $250,000 in restitution to settle allegations of unlawful immigrant-consultant services.

UTS, despite employing no licensed attorneys, targeted Spanish-speaking communities and offered them immigrant-consultant services. It purportedly made false claims to these consumers that it could assist with immigration matters, including obtaining and preparing immigration forms for a fee. A scheme like this is often referred to as “notario fraud,” after the Spanish word notario, which denotes a lawyer in many Latin American nations.

“This kind of notario fraud tends to go unreported because immigrants in the District of Columbia may be afraid to come forward, especially in the current political climate,” Racine said. “I want all D.C. residents, including undocumented immigrants, to know that OAG is here to protect all consumers, and we will bring to justice anyone who unlawfully targets immigrants or any other district resident.”

“I want to express my deep gratitude to all of our staff and partners who helped ensure we successfully brought this case,” Racine said.

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