SF settles with firm it says misrepresented immigration services

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera reached a $400,000 settlement Wednesday with Lacayo & Associates, an immigration consulting business that the city sued last year, charging that it was providing immigration-related legal services it was neither authorized nor qualified to perform.

Calling the San Francisco business a “predatory” operation charging thousands of dollars for “incompetent or nonexistent” legal work, the city sued the firm’s owners, Leonard Lacayo and his mother, Ada, in August 2016 for allegedly defrauding clients by leading them to believe that Leonard was a licensed attorney and advertising legal services to the city’s immigrant community for decades.