Suthers Busts Immigration Center for Fraud

May 12 2010, 10:39 AM

An indication of how much people from around the world want to be Americans comes from a regrettable place: the Immigration Center. The Colorado Springs business falsely claimed affiliation with the federal government, and then deceived people who wanted to immigrate to the United States by charging them $300 to $700 to complete government forms that are available for free. That's according to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who has announced an order by the El Paso County District Court that the business and its manager must pay the state $2.5 million in restitution and civil penalties (via Law Week Colorado, which also has the documents online). District Judge Theresa Cisneros has found that the center and its manager, Alfred Boyce, wrongly collected $1.5 million from 4,610 consumers across the nation last year, according to The Denver Post. Charles Doucette and Deborah Stilson, two others linked to the center's business, did not admit any liability but entered into the judgment for the purpose of "compromising and resolving the disputed claims." Both will pay $85,000 in fines and restitution and will not be allowed to engage in the business of selling government forms or assistance with those forms, says Suthers.

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