Seven NY Companies Shut Down for Defrauding Immigrants

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New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that seven companies in the city have been shut down after an investigation found that they were offering fraudulent legal services to immigrants. Two lawsuits are being brought before New York's Supreme Court against the companies Immigration Today, Immigration Today News Today, Forensic Immigration Law and Immigration Accounting Service, operated by Edwin Rivera of the Bronx. Another lawsuit was filed against lawyer Thomas Toscano, of Queens, who is accused of failing to supervise employees who were not lawyers but were offering legal services to immigrants.

As a result of their fraudulent business practices, Cuomo said, innocent people faced problems with their immigration status and even deportation.

The companies that were shut down for fraud were identified as the Centro Santa Ana, Inc. owned by Ana Lucía Baquero, of Queens; Margo’s Immigration Services, Margarita Davidov, Queens; Miguel Futtipaldi, J.D., Ltd, Manhattan; Arthur C. Hurwitz, Manhattan; Oficina Legal Para Hispanos, P.C., Geoffrey S. Stewart, Manhattan; Asilos y Camilo Perdomo, Queens and Misión Hispana Inc, owned by Mayra Liz, of Queens.