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Court Orders Colo. Springs Immigration Business To Pay $2.5M

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DENVER — A Colorado Springs immigration services business has been ordered in El Paso County District Court to pay the state $2.5 million in restitution and civil penalties, the Colorado Office of the Attorney General announced. The court also issued orders barring the Immigration Center and its owners and operators, Charles Doucette, Deborah Stilson and Alfred Boyce, from defrauding consumers seeking help with federal immigration forms.

“We are going to pursue the fines and restitution the judge has awarded us through collections,” said AG spokesman Mike Saccone in an e-mail. “It is premature to speculate on how much we actually will recover through the process.”

The AG’s office filed a lawsuit against Doucette and the Immigration Center in August 2009 alleging the business had engaged in deceptive trade practices, including falsely claiming affiliation with the federal government. The business allegedly charged fees of $300 to $700 to complete immigration forms that are available free of charge from the federal government.

The original civil complaint and the court’s orders can be viewed below.

Immigration Center Complaint

Immigration Center Order

Charles Doucette Order

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