Sex Offender Who Posed as Phony Immigration Lawyer Charged
POSTED: Monday, July 11, 2011 - 4:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 12:13pm
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.