CBJ - June 2008 #07. Bar, LA district attorney shut down illegal immigration firm.


California Bar Journal


CBJ - June 2008 #07.

Bar, LA district attorney shut down illegal immigration firm

California Bar JournalJune 2008Bar, LA district attorney shut down illegal immigration firmIn a coordinated effort with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, the State Bar last month shut down operations of RZ Services Inc. in Montebello, which had been providing immigration legal services without a law license. Romina Aida Zadorian, owner of RZ Services, was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at her office. She is charged by the district attorney with 46 counts of grand theft, four of forgery and one of identity theft. "Through the cooperative efforts of the State Bar and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, we have successfully closed down an operation that preys upon and defrauds our immigrant population," said State Bar Chief Trial Counsel Scott Drexel. "We believe that this and other similar operations will provide a critical deterrent for those who seek to take advantage of immigrants and others who are in need of legal advice and assistance."

Nine State Bar investigators seized 33 boxes with 1,030 client files. Letters have been sent to the clients informing them of the availability of their files at State Bar offices. As part of the shutdown, investigators also served a court order on several banks to freeze the company's accounts and notified the phone company and the postal service to reroute phone calls and mail to the State Bar.

"It's very satisfying to be involved in something that directly protects the public from people like Zadorian, who victimize people," said Alan Gordon, State Bar supervising trial counsel and leader of the shutdown team. He recommended that consumers always check the State Bar Web site or call the State Bar to make sure people who hold themselves out as lawyers are licensed and in good standing.

According to a petition filed by the State...

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