Posted: 12/27/2016

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On December 12, 2016, Oswaldo Rafael Cabrera, the owner of the company Coalicion Latinoamericana Internacional, was arrested. He faces felony charges filed by the California Attorney General for allegedly defrauding migrant clients.

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On December 12, 2016, Oswaldo Rafael Cabrera, the owner of the company Coalicion Latinoamericana Internacional, was arrested. He faces felony charges filed by the California Attorney General for allegedly defrauding migrant clients.

Cabrera is accused of posing as an attorney and providing legal advice and services, charging up to $9,000 for services. Cabrera posed as an immigration attorney and appeared on major media platforms, on mainstream and Spanish-language media, and used his prominent profile to solicit customers. Cabrera is not a licensed attorney and is not eligible to practice law. In addition, the company has not filed the required registration with the California Secretary of State.

Cabrera misled clients on the status of their cases, misinformed them about their immigration eligibility, and completed immigration forms improperly while continuing to collect money from victims. In some cases, Cabrera’s mishandling of cases resulted in deportation for some victims. Victims request for refunds were denied or ignored.

Maria Marcelina Rodas, Cabrera’s wife, also faces charges. They are both accused of conspiring to violate the Immigration Consultants Act. It should be noted that the charges in this case are only allegations and all defendants must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Victims of Cabrera are encouraged to file a complaint with Business Consumer Alliance and also contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at 323-881-7099.

Immigration Assistance

If you are in need of legal advice regarding immigration matters, be sure to only obtain legal advice from an attorney, an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), or a recognized organization. Contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 800-375-5283, schedule an appointment online, or visit your local USCIS office.

For more information on spotting immigration scams and tips, click on Business Consumer Alliance’s Resource Guide, “Immigration Assistance and Tips to Avoid Immigration Scams”.

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