Notario Fraud

The Case of Mr. Valinoti in California


 Attorney James R. Valinoti was accused of botching the cases of several immigrant clients. Valinoti would charge high fees without delivering adequate services. On some occasions, he would fail to show up to court, and his client’s case would result in deportation. The court found that in at least one instance his client was in a worse situation and status than she had been before she hired him. The California Supreme Court affirmed that Valinoti had been neglectful in his practice and aided in perpetrating fraud by others by accepting referrals from these other unauthorized practitioners (Shannon 2009).

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.


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