Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Texas A.G. Shuts Down Immigration Scammers; $930K in Penalties Assessed

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"Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has resolved the State’s enforcement action against Austin-based legal services provider Just for People, Inc. In July 2012, the State charged Just for People, its directors and its affiliates with providing unauthorized legal advice, document preparation and other immigration-related services in violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). On Monday, a Travis County district court granted the State’s request for a permanent injunction against Just for People and ordered that the unlawful immigration consulting firm be dissolved, thereby prohibiting the firm from continuing to offer or provide unauthorized immigration consulting services. Under the terms of the court’s order, Just for People must pay $480,000 in civil penalties and more than $195,000 in restitution for violations of the DTPA.  Earlier this month, Just for People’s two directors, an employee and affiliates were prohibited from providing