For East Bay immigrants, notary fraud is a common legal threat

Click here to check out the full investigative piece for Oakland North produced in collaboration with Alondra De La Cruz.

  • Wrote story about notary fraud, a common set-up that occurs because of the Spanish to English language barrier. Notaries unlawfully give legal advice to immigrants, and in many cases, pretend to be immigration attorneys.
  • Reported in Oakland and Richmond, California for four months.
  • Research on the topic, as well as interviews with subjects, required Spanish language proficiency.

Photo: Alondra De La Cruz

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