Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today, Tuesday, Sept. 10 shut down an unauthorized immigration office in Texas, according to the Office of the Texas Attorney General. Abbott is also still in the lead in the race to become the next governor of the Lone Star State.
Abbott obtained a final judgment and permanent junction today against CristoVive for providing unauthorized legal services in the state.
This proseuction began in August 2012 when the State filed an enforcement action against the defendants for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Notary Public Act by unlawfully representing they were legally authorized to process immigration cases before federal authorities.
The 53rd Judicial District Court ordered defendants to dissolve Cristo Vive and pay resitution to affected Cristo Vive clients. The defendants were not licensed attorneys. They were also not accredited to offer immigaration-related legal services.
As part of the judgment the defendants were assessed $300,000 in civil penalties and up to $250,000 in restitution clients who were harmed. The permanent injunction against the defendants also imposes more restrictions, including prohibiting the defendnats from soliciting, advertising or providing immigration services. The defendants included director Jorge Sanchez; its treasurer, Maria Eugene Rodarte Sanchez; and its president Bernard "Bernie" Boudreaux, Jr. from advertising, performing or accepting money for providing immigration consulatation services.
Abbott somehow manages to continue his hectic pace of campaigning for governor while at the same time supervising his office. No Democrat has yet announced for the office, although Fort Worth's Wendy Davis has not ruled out the possibility. The recent illness and death of her father has caused her to delay making a decision on whether she'll enter the gubernatorial race or run for re-election as state senator.
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