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House Passes Mucarsel-Powell's Legislation To Stop Notario Fraud

Press Release

Date: Oct. 1, 2020
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Immigration

Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Judiciary Committee, celebrated the passage of her legislation, H.R. 8225, The Fight Notario Fraud Act, in the House of Representatives. This bill places criminal penalties on schemes designed to defraud people on immigration matters, works to end notarios' misrepresentations that they are qualified attorneys or accredited to handle immigration cases, and stops the threats and retaliation against immigrants. It also works to give law enforcement the tools they need to stop the exploitation of vulnerable immigrants.

In June, federal authorities revealed one notario scheme in South Florida that spanned multiple offices and defrauded hundreds of immigrant victims. One study found that less than 4% of notario fraud was reported to authorities.

"Sadly, fake notario schemes prey on thousands of immigrant families, especially Latino and Hispanic communities in South Florida, just trying to legally work through the expensive and complicated immigration process. Far too many people in South Florida have been target to such fraud, scamming them out of thousands of dollars," said Mucarsel-Powell. "It's past time we crack down on those committing such heartless scams and protect vulnerable communities like mine. I'm proud to see my bill do just that and pass in the House. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to work swiftly to end these awful scams."