City Attorney Mike Feuer announced criminal charges Thursday against a consultant who allegedly practiced immigration law without a license and in violation of a court order barring him from doing so.
City attorneys accuse 52-year-old Jesus Luna Lozano of giving legal advice on immigration law without authorization at his Van Nuys office at 6320 Van Nuys Blvd.
He is also charged with failing to post proper bonds and notice as required under the Immigration Consultant Act, not providing a written contract and violating a 2003 permanent injunction — stemming from a civil lawsuit by Neighborhood Legal Services — barring him from practicing immigration law.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 27 on six criminal counts resulting from an undercover investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Lozano gave legal advice to undercover investigators two times in December, violating state law and his 2003 permanent injunction, prosecutors allege.
If Lozano is convicted, he faces a maximum of 5 1/2 years behind bars.
“My office is fighting to prevent immigration fraud schemes from ripping off families and destroying their dreams,” Feuer said. “We will prosecute scam artists who try to victimize immigrants to the fullest extent of the law.”
Feuer urged victims of immigration consultant fraud to call the Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 593-8222.
—City News Service