Colorado immigrant aid business penalized $2.5 million in fraud case

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers won a $2.5 million judgment against an immigrant aid service he filed a lawsuit against for defrauding hundreds of people who needed federal forms.

The Colorado Springs Non-Profit Corporation went by the names Immigration Center, U.S. Immigration Center, ImmigrationHelpLine.org and U.S. Government Helpline, according to the complaint filed by Suthers. Its clients came from throughout the United States

The AG's office charged three people for deceptive trade practices. Owner Alfred Boyce marketed and sold immigrant document aid through the names "Immigration Forms & Services," "Maydene Media" and "Liberty Legal Services," the state said. Operator Deborah Stilson was charged with routinely advising consumers under the trade name "Liberty Legal Services." Charles Doucette regularly received consumer complaints and managed salespeople for the Immigration Center under the name "Immigration Forms and Documents."