California Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp said Tuesday that his investigators have been looking into at least 20 cases of fraudulent exploitation of illegal aliens who are seeking legalization under the new federal immigration law.
Van de Kamp said the cases, most of which would involve misdemeanor charges, have been referred to district attorneys in several California cities, including Los Angeles. The attorney general added that he expects many more cases to surface as the legalization process continues. "We're only at the beginning of the cycle," he said.
Van de Kamp said that in the fraud cases being investigated, illegal aliens paid $500 or more for useless information or were given false guarantees that they would be given amnesty.
In a press conference, Van de Kamp urged local prosecutors to crack down on lawyers, public notaries and immigration consultants who prey on immigrants by charging them exorbitant fees, failing to deliver on promises and selling fraudulent documents.