Two Lakewood men are now restricted from providing legal advice to immigrants under a settlement with the state attorney general’s office.
The settlement, which was announced today, does not require Edwin Cruz and Maurice Terry to admit wrongdoing. It only places limitations on their business practices.
Cruz and Terry are accused of misleading advertising and illegally entering into 480 agreements with clients to offer legal advice and prepare documents for immigration benefits.
The men were registered as “immigration assistants” with the state, which allows them to translate and transcribe documents. Officials said Cruz and Terry went so far as to offer legal advice, which is prohibited.
The men agreed to pay $2,000 in civil penalties and reimburse the state $6,000 in attorney’s fees and legal costs, according to the settlement.
Another $35,000 in civil penalties is waived if they comply with the settlement terms, according to the AG’s office.