San Jose: Woman arrested for alleged immigration fraud
Ivonne Castillo provided services without required clearance and bond, police say
SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested a woman they say illegally provided immigration services out of an office in the Willow Glen neighborhood.
Ivonne Castillo was booked into jail on charges of grand theft, according to the sheriff’s office.
Castillo worked out of an office at 1190 S. Bascom Ave. and provided immigration services without clearance from the California Secretary of State, according to the sheriff’s office. She also allegedly did not have the $100,000 bond needed to operate such a business.
Her victims suffered “significant financial losses” and “lost immigration opportunities,” according to the sheriff’s office. She allegedly received money for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, applications and neglected to mail completed applications to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
“Santa Clara County has a very diverse population comprised of immigrant families from various nationalities,” Sgt. Rich Glennon wrote in a news release Tuesday. “It is critical that those in need of immigration services know that the providers they hire are both competent and are providing services that comply with legal standards.”
Glennon added that the sheriff’s office is available to help families seek justice regardless of their immigration status.
“Enforcement of immigration consulting laws provides the first step in safeguarding the Community from fraudulent immigration services and incompetent services,” he said.
The sheriff’s office is asking any additional victims to step forward. They can contact its Notario Fraud Unit at 408-808-4599 or email@example.com.
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