Oakland wins $15M judgment in immigration case

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – The city of Oakland has won a record $15.1 million civil judgment against a fake immigration consulting company that claimed it could help families with obtaining their legal residency in the United States.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1az27AM) a judge ordered American Legal Services to pay the amount, the largest the city has won in litigation. Some of the money will be given to victims. City Attorney Barbara Parker acknowledged her office may not get all of the money.

The company claimed its consultants were attorney who could help people get U.S. citizenship. But some families had relatives deported or stuck in Mexico as a result of botched legal work.

City officials say the company made promises to clients even when they knew certain immigration filings would be rejected.

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