New Jersey AG leads crackdown on fake immigration services businesses
by David Godow
TRENTON, New Jersey:
New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow took the first step towards eliminating fraudulent immigration services companies in the state on June 9, bringing civil complaints against three businesses that allegedly defrauded legal immigrants by filing bunk paperwork with the government. According to Dow, Lili Pablo Agents, RMS Services and RC Travel agreed to file official documentation for immigrants "with limited English proficiency or a limited awareness of American law," but either filed insufficient paperwork or none at all. In some cases, company agents posed as attorneys to gain the trust of customers.
Dow's crackdown on the three NJ companies comes on the heels of a nationwide federal push against fraudulent immigration services providers. Immigration officials are cooperating with "federal and state prosecutors, the Federal Trade Commission, lawyers' groups and immigrant advocate organizations," according to the New York Times. The campaign is partly based on law enforcement efforts like Dow's, but also includes educational outreach and advertising to "alert immigrants on how to recognize fake lawyers and consultants."