Sex Offender Who Posed as Phony Immigration Lawyer Charged

POSTED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 1:13pm

EL PASO - The Texas Attorney General office says it has charged a man who allegedly offered fraudulent immigration services in El Paso County.

According to the Attorney General's office, Alejandro Lazcano, owner of Lazcano & Asociados, defrauded customers and violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA).

State documents indicate that Lazcano claimed to be an immigration attorney authorized to provide legal advice and document preparation services. However, Lazcano – a graduate of a Texas law school – is neither a licensed attorney nor is he accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), which is a federal agency empowered to license immigration service providers.

Under federal law, only licensed attorneys and organizations accredited by the BIA may offer immigration consulting services.

Lazcano advertised his immigration legal services to the El Paso community in multiple ways – such as circulating his business cards in a local restaurant and posting advertisements on Internet blogs and craigslist ads to promote his immigration services. The defendant’s unlawful advertisements claimed he could help clients with laser visas, work and tourist visas and permanent resident applications.

Lazcano faces fines up to $20,000 for each DTPA violation.

Background information from the Texas Attorney General's office says Lazcano he was found guilty of attempted sexual assault in Travis County in 2003.

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Hope this low life did not go to UT.

Lazcano & Atascados should be their title. Stealing dreams from the illegals and making a profit. Is there any thing lower than someone taking advantage of the poor? Must be a demorat. They are the only ones that will steal from the poor to give to themselves. Just look at obumer, he is ready to raise taxes on the poor and the rich. Raising taxes on the rich will stop the jobs for the poor. Has anyone ever worked for a poor man?

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