Updated: February 22, 2021 05:47 PM
Created: February 22, 2021 05:29 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York Attorney General Letitia James, along with the attorneys general of Massachusetts and Virginia are going after a company it says fooled families of undocumented immigrants into paying them millions.
James and the other attorneys general are taking the company, Libre, to court and ordering them to pay that money back, plus fines.
They say the company would approach undocumented immigrants being held in federal detention, pretending to be with a progam affiliated with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
They told the immigrants that they would pay their bonds to set them free, but immigrants had no idea they were charging huge upfront and monthly fees.
They didn't pay their bonds though, and Libre forced them wear bulky ankle bracelets to make the ruse appear even more threatening.
So the immigrants' families, who were usually already in the United States, would pay thousands to the so-called program as Libre threatened detainees with deportation if they didn't pay up.
"This lawsuit should send a clear message to all those who seek to exploit and take advantage of our most vulnerable and marginalized communities that we will use every tool in our arsenal to end your unlawful activity and the suffering that you inflict," James said.
The lawsuit names the owners of Libre and its parent company, Nexus.
The suit asks a judge to end the company's illigal deception pay back millions to the victims as well as penalties to all three states.
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