Washington D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–January 24, 2005–The following statement was released by the National Hispanic Caucus of Hispanic State Legislators (NHCSL) regarding Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s efforts to dismantle immigrant scam operation in Dallas.
The Dallas County district court took major action against Fidelina Cuevas, owner of Grupo ECSA, a group accused of providing unauthorized legal services on immigration matters to innocent victims. In November 2004, a restraining order issued by Attorney General Abbott required Ms. Cuevas take down a web site marketing her fraudulent business. In December, she was fined $13,000 for failure to obey court orders. After further investigation from the Attorney General’s office, it was discovered that the web site was still active. Due to the failed attempts, State District Judge Jay Patterson, decided to hold Ms. Cuevas in contempt of the court as well as ordered her imprisonment for 179 days, unless she is able to prove the web site was taken down.
“We commend Attorney General Abbot for his incredibly assiduous efforts to put an end to illegal operations affecting innocent immigrants seeking legal status. Taking advantage of individuals in search of the American Dream by providing them with unauthorized legal advice and refusing to provide them with their documents or accounting for their money is unacceptable” said NHCSL President, Texas State Senator, Leticia Van de Putte.
Grupo ECSA is one of several businesses under investigation for defrauding immigrants. Attorney General Abbott promises to continue to seek justice for the victims and their families. “Attorney General Abbott is sending a clear message that violating court orders and disrespecting our judicial system is intolerable” said Senator Van de Putte. A trial is scheduled for March.
About NHCSL: NHCSL is a nonpartisan organization representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. They are a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community. The NHCSL serves as a forum for information exchange and member networking; an institute for leadership training; a liaison with sister U.S. Hispanic organizations; a promoter of public/private partnerships with business and labor; and a partner with Hispanic state and provincial legislators and their associations representing Central and South America.