Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Two Paterson Business Owners Fined by State

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Two Paterson Business Owners Fined by State

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PATERSON -- Two downtown businesses exploited Spanish-speaking immigrants with bogus schemes that used "cultural confusion" to perpetrate fraud, according to the state Division of Consumer Affairs.

Martinez Travel Agency, at 96 Market St., and its owner, Juan Luis Girao, agreed to pay $10,000 in penalties and fees under an agreement stemming from a state investigation, officials said.

Navarro Tax Services, at 93 Market St., agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty, according to a press release issued by Consumer Affairs.

"We will not tolerate any business seeking to profit by taking advantage of the immigrant community," said Robert Lougy, the acting attorney general. "We will vigorously enforce our state consumer protection laws to prevent the exploitation of Spanish-speaking consumers and other immigrant populations."

Martinez Travel advertised "notary public" services in a way that misled consumers into believing that they were qualified to prepare and file legal documents with federal immigration authorities, according to a press release issued by the state. …

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