$10M judgment against Pasadena woman

Pasadena woman hit with $10 million judgment
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

The Texas Attorney General’s office announced today that it had won a $10 million judgment against a Pasadena-based immigration consultant accused of bilking hundreds of immigrants out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for fraudulent services.

The judgment — the largest in the state for such a case — for penalties and restitution was filed in the 295th Civil District Court. The Attorney General’s office filed the lawsuit against Yolanda Perez in February 2005, accusing her of violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

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She operated under several names including New Anointing/Nueva Uncion, Perez Immigration and Tax Service, and Greater Houston Family Outreach. She charged clients $300 to $400 per person for help with their immigration visas, permanent residency and work or travel permits.

Clients later learned they faced deportation because of errors in the documents filed or were ineligible for permanent residence.

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