Mar 31, 2017
Settlement Reached in Immigration Fraud and Racketeering Lawsuit
Practice Director Jonathan Grode assisted, along with Friends of Farmworkers, Inc. (FOF) and Langer, Grogan & Diver, P.C. in the just announced settlement of claims brought by nine immigrant plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that Ephraim Tahir Mella and the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C. carried out two schemes to defraud individuals who sought immigration legal services from the law firm.
The Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants filed fraudulent immigration applications for them without their consent or knowledge, thereby recklessly and purposefully putting the plaintiffs into deportation proceedings. The Plaintiffs also alleged that Defendants made serious misrepresentations of immigration law to them.
For more information on this settlement, please see the attached press release.