Texas closes nonprofit over legal services to immigrants

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by Associated Press

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Posted on September 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Central Texas organization accused of providing unauthorized legal services to immigrants has been closed and must pay fines and restitution of more than $500,000.

Attorney General Greg Abbott's office on Monday announced the final judgment against Austin-based nonprofit Cristo Vive. The state received complaints of mishandled immigration cases.

Investigators last summer filed an enforcement action for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Notary Public Act. Officials say representatives of Cristo Vive wrongly presented themselves as licensed attorneys in immigration cases.

The final judgment filed Aug. 30 closes Cristo Vive. Three executives -- Jorge Sanchez, Maria Eugenia Rodarte Sanchez and Leslie Bernard "Bernie" Boudreaux Jr. -- are barred from advertising, performing or accepting money for immigration consulting services.

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