Notario Fraud

The Case of Travis County, Texas


Texas has been a leader in combatting notario fraud. In 2003, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott took a stand against notario fraud in the Travis county area. Barbara Seigert, a notary public, was found guilty of fraud and faced more than $4,000 in fines, attorney fees, and restitution. The trial was in tandem with a public outreach campaign that included an open house held to collect reports of notario fraud. Since then, more than 75 notario business have been shut down by the Attorney General in Texas.

For additional examples of how Texas has worked to combat fraud, read about the Case of Midland County, Texas.

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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