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Non-lawyer Sentenced for Theft from Victims Seeking Immigration Legal Services

Non-lawyer Sentenced for Theft from Victims Seeking Immigration Legal Services

Californian Romina Zadorian, owner of the now defunct RZ Services, Inc. in Montebello and self-described “immigration consultant”, plead guilty to eight counts of grand theft and taking more than $500,000.00 in Los Angeles Superior Court earlier this month. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay her victims more than $900,000.00 in restitution.

Ms. Zadorian’s immigration services business became the subject of “the biggest immigration fraud case prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division.” Many of her clients say that she represented herself not only as a lawyer, a paralegal or a former immigration officer but as an expert in immigration, and then took their money (sometimes their life savings), and not only failed to assist them with the immigration process, but filed incorrect documents and tried to pay their fees with bad checks. Ms. Zadorian is not a lawyer or a bonded immigration consultant; her defense counsel insists that she never represented herself as a lawyer.

238 complaints against Ms. Zadorian’s business were filed with the Department of Consumer Affairs, and she was initially “charged with 101 counts of grand theft personal property, one count of identify theft and four counts of forgery.”

At Zadorian’s sentencing, one victim told the court Zadorian promised her she would “fix her papers” to stay in the country so her 8-year-old son with leukemia could get medical help.

What she got instead was a deportation order.


See Whittier Daily News. See also The State Bar of California “News Release”.

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