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Resource ID: #18514
Subject: Law
Source: News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
Date: 2001-05-01



The Raleigh News & Observer tells the story of Narcisa "Natalie" Gonzalez, a woman who passed herself off as a lawyer to unsuspecting Hispanic immigrants. "Gonzalez defrauded dozens of Hispanics by charging for legal services she never performed. Her victims, mainly non-English-speaking illegal immigrants, lost thousands of dollars, acquired criminal records when their 'lawyer' didn't show in court, and lost precious chances to apply for legal status. The Durham police, district attorney and state Bar did nothing until the story came out..." Gonzalez fled the state after the first story came out and the police started investigating. She was eventually caught in Georgia, extradited, and tried in North Carolina, where she was found guilty of bilking her clients and sent to prison.

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