Attorney General's Office: Yonkers woman fined for misleading immigrants

A Yonkers woman will pay nearly $10,000 in fines for allegedly misleading immigrants by posing as an attorney and intimidating them with deportation threats, the New York Attorney General's Office announced Tuesday.

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2023, 2:34 AM

Updated 244 days ago

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The New York Attorney General's Office announced that a Yonkers woman will pay nearly $10,000 for misleading and threatening immigrants.
An investigation found Jacquelin Mercado falsely used the title “attorney at law” and provided legal advice to immigrants between June 2020 and July 2022, despite not being a licensed attorney, the AG's office said.
Mercado also allegedly intimidated at least one customer by threatening to report them to immigration authorities.
Under the agreement with the AG's office, Mercado must pay restitution to four customers in Westchester County and New York City. She also has to post signs stating she is not an attorney and update contracts to make clear she cannot provide legal advice.
The AG’s office advises anyone who feels they have been the victim of fraud to file a complaint.


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