JEROME, Idaho -- The Consumer Protection Division of the Idaho Attorney General's Office has filed a civil complaint against a southern Idaho woman who authorities say duped illegal immigrants in a scheme to steal their money.
Officials in a complaint filed last week say Celia Perez posed as an attorney and sold services advertised as immigration and naturalization consultation.
The complaint charges Perez with five violations of the Idaho Consumer Protection Act and its rules. State officials say Perez took thousands of dollars for services that were never performed.
The Times-News reports Perez has not yet filed a response to the complaint.
She could not be reached on Sunday by The Associated Press.
The complaint seeks civil penalties, restitution, fees and costs.
In Idaho it's easy to determine whether someone is licensed to practice law in this forum. The Idaho State Bar provides access free of charge to the public to a website at http://isb.idaho.gov/licensing/attorney_roster.cfm to determine whether a person is a licensed member of the Idaho State Bar, and whether the attorney has an "active" license or whether the status is suspended or disbarred. Membership in the Idaho State Bar is mandatory for every licensed member of the bar in this jurisdiction. It is illegal to practice law in this state unless one is licensed to do so.
Don't fall victim to someone claiming to be an attorney. Check out their credentials first before setting up a consultation.
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