Notario Fraud

The Case of Mr. Ramirez in Virginia


A civil case was brought again Luis Ramirez for pretending to be an immigration attorney to many immigrants in Virginia who did not understand the rules and regulations of the United States court and justice system. After a trial that received local and national press attention, Ramirez was ultimately found guilty, sentenced to 2 years in jail, and forbidden to ever operate his business again after 26 of his clients filed a class action suit against him (Georgetown 2013).

About this project

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, a university research center with the mission to address the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city, has produced these featured digital publications using the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. This project curates research relevant for immigrant service providers on the topics of Access & Use of TechnologyAccess & Use of Financial ServicesNotario Fraud, and Driver's Licenses for the unauthorized.


Photo Courtesy of Chicago News Tribune

Chicago cracking down on ‘notarios’

Chicago’s consumer protection office has been cracking down on businesses providing fraudulent immigration services, reported Juan Perez Jr of the Chicago Tribune, in Chicago cracking down o...more.