Article appeared in Courthouse News Service on May 31, 2013 regarding notary fraud
By CAMERON LANGFORD
McALLEN, Texas (CN) – A South Texas judge shut down three notaries public for practicing immigration law without a license. The “notario” scam is notorious in South Texas. In Mexico, a notario can fulfill most of the functions of an attorney. That’s not so in the United States. For decades, unscrupulous notaries have preyed upon immigrants and Spanish-speakers by advertising themselves as notarios, and charging for legal services.