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Va. advocate accused of defrauding immigrants who sought legal help

Aug 15, 2016 - The Washington Post

The leader of a Virginia organization for Latino immigrants faces a criminal trial this week for allegedly bilking dozens of clients out of thousands of dollars by pretending to be a lawyer in federal immigration cases that went nowhere.

The case against Rose Sanchez-Canete is the latest example of what immigration lawyers and federal officials say is a growing problem: People from Latin America, Asia or Africa seeking to gain legal status through asylum or other forms of protection are tu...