Crime & Justice

Man charged as LA County cracks down on immigration scams

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer addresses reporters to announce plans to crack down on immigration scam artists. City and county officials are also planning outreach efforts to warn immigrants eager to apply for deportation relief under President Obama's new immigration plan, who are vulnerable to scams.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer addresses reporters to announce plans to crack down on immigration scam artists. City and county officials are also planning outreach efforts to warn immigrants eager to apply for deportation relief under President Obama's new immigration plan, who are vulnerable to scams.

A Los Angeles County man faces several criminal charges following an undercover investigation into the unlicensed practice of immigration law.

City Attorney Mike Feuer said Thursday that 52-year-old Jesus Luna Lozano is charged with six counts including the unauthorized practice of law and violating the Immigration Consultant Act. If convicted, Lozano could face more than five years in jail. It's not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Feuer said Lozano unlawfully gave legal advice to undercover investigators who posed as immigrants seeking help with a case.

The investigation was conducted by a new city-county task force formed last fall after President Obama announced the expansion of his deferred action program. It will offer protection from deportation to millions of immigrants.

Feuer says scams are on the rise as immigrants prepare to take advantage of the program.