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February 26, 2016: Unlicensed Consultant Pleads Guilty in Immigration Fraud Case

Greg Risling, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A 50-year-old Compton man who claimed he could help immigrants with their legal issues pleaded guilty today to stealing more than $25,000, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Francisco Arevalo pleaded guilty to two counts of grand theft and was immediately sentenced to 16 months in county jail by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Horwitz, who also ordered the defendant to pay $26,700 in restitution.

Deputy District Attorney Leonard Torrealba of the Consumer Protection Division prosecuted the case. Between 2014 and 2015, Arevalo offered immigration services and received payment from his victims but the work was never done, Torrealba said. Although the victims demanded the return of their money, Arevalo did not comply.

Arevalo was arrested in January.

The case was investigated Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.