CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER SECURES MULTIPLE CONVICTIONS AGAINST MOTHER AND DAUGHTER FOR UNLAWFULLY OPERATING IMMIGRATION CONSULTING BUSINESS

May 23, 2019

LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today that his office has successfully secured multiple convictions against a mother and daughter charged in connection with their illegal immigration consulting business. 
 

"Our immigrant communities are more susceptible than ever to being exploited by those who would prey on their fear and vulnerability," said Feuer. "My office is committed to combating immigration scams that can wreck families’ lives for generations."

 

Judith Gil, and her daughter Minerva Gil, both of Los Angeles, were charged with multiple criminal counts stemming from the illegal immigration consulting business they operated that preyed upon people seeking residency, asylum and other forms of legal status. They were accused of allegedly charging clients thousands of dollars for services while offering false information and unqualified legal advice.

 

Judith Gil entered a plea of no contest to one count of practicing law without a valid license, two counts of unlawfully engaging in the business and acting in the capacity of an immigration consultant, one count of unlawfully disseminating misleading statements indicating that she lawfully engages in the business or acts in the capacity of an immigration consultant, and one count of grand theft. She was placed on 36 months of summary probation and ordered to serve 60 days in County jail, or alternatively serve 60 days of electronic home detention or perform 45 days of community labor. Defendant Judith Gil was also ordered to pay full restitution to three of her victims in an amount totaling $13,355. Defendant was also instructed not to provide legal advice or promote herself as an attorney without proper licensing by the State Bar of California, and not to act in any capacity as an immigration consultant unless authorized to do so under federal law.

 

Minerva Gil, her daughter, also entered a plea of no contest to one count of unlawfully engaging in the business and acting in the capacity of an immigration consultant. The defendant was placed on 36 months of summary probation and ordered to serve 30 days in County jail, or perform 20 days of community labor, and pay restitution in the amount of $3,855 to the victim. Defendant was also instructed not to provide legal advice or promote herself as an attorney without proper licensing by the State Bar of California, and not to act in any capacity as an immigration consultant unless authorized to do so under federal law
 
Deputy City Attorney Gina Lee of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office’s Consumer and Workplace Protection Unit successfully prosecuted the cases, with the assistance of the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. 

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