- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Cuban national who spent months awaiting deportation at a Los Angeles immigration detention center is accused of posing as a lawyer after his release and representing immigrants in court.

Raul Ernest Alonso-Prieto was detained for months at the San Pedro Processing Center before his release in December 2006 because the United States doesn’t have diplomatic relations with Cuba and he couldn’t be deported.

A 22-count federal grand jury indictment says the 60-year-old Alonso-Prieto pretended to be an attorney named Kenneth Robert-Murphy Peterson, and used the California Bar number of a lawyer with a similar name.

The indictment says Alonso-Prieto recruited immigrants at the detention center and charged between $500 and $2,500 for his services.

___

Information from: The Daily Breeze, https://www.dailybreeze.com/


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide