The latest in the crackdown nationally on immigration services firms that are operating fraudulently.
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his Office has shut down three New York companies providing unauthorized and fraudulent legal services to immigrant communities, in the latest stages of his ongoing investigation into immigration fraud. Under the terms of the agreements secured by Cuomo’s Office, Immigration Solutions and Systems, Inc. of New York, Alisandra Multiservices, Inc. of Brentwood, Long Island, and All Immigration Services of Great Neck, Long Island are permanently barred from operating a business that provides immigration-related services and must collectively pay approximately $118,000 in penalties
Cuomo also announced separate lawsuits filed today in New York State Supreme Court against three additional companies providing legal services to immigrants which they were neither authorized nor accredited to provide. According to the lawsuits filed today in New York State Supreme Court, Immigration Community Service Corporation of Manhattan, and Professional Solutions Consultants (doing business as Reliable Clerical Services and Reliable Immigration Services), and Centro Santa Ana, both located in Queens, offered legal counsel to immigrants without being licensed attorneys or having the proper accreditation. In thousands of cases across New York City and Long Island, these companies unlawfully filed immigration petitions with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of immigrants and their families, jeopardizing efforts to obtain legal status.
The lawsuits against Immigration Community Service Corporation, Professional Solutions Consultants, and Centro Santa Ana allege that the companies and their owners not only gave unlicensed legal advice and fraudulently filed petitions with USCIS, but also failed to provide consumers with written contracts in both the consumer’s native language and English, as required by law. The lawsuits seek to permanently bar the companies and their owners from providing immigration-related services in the future and seek penalties for these actions.
Senator Jose M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) said: "Attorney General Cuomo has led the fight against abusive and illegal companies like these that take advantage of NY's immigrant communities. His continued efforts are giving a voice to thousands of New Yorkers whose rights have been ignored for too long."
Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan) said: "New York was built on the backs of immigrant communities. We owe our very history to those brave individuals and families who left their homes to pursue the promise and opportunity this State has to offer. I applaud Attorney General Cuomo's ongoing fight to protect the diversity that defines us, and remain committed to working with his Office as these efforts continue."