‘Fake lawyer’ defrauds Central Florida immigrants, police say

in Central Florida News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – Police, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Homeland Security have accused a 36-year-old Orlando man of preying on immigrants by posing as an immigration attorney and telling them he could help them become U.S. citizens.

Police said Jean Eustache was operating as an attorney in Orlando, Palm Bay and Rockledge but wasn’t licensed.

“They’re coming to this guy hoping to become an American citizen and they’re trying to better themselves and for somebody to take advantage of them, that’s very disheartening,” Rockledge police officer Steven Tagye said.

Police said a Rockledge client came forward in August, concerned Eustache might not be operating legitimately.

A neighboring business said since authorities searched the Cogswell Street office Friday, no employees have returned.

“The business has changed quite a few times from immigration help to a learning, driving school,” Amy Grove of Bear Hugs Child Care said. “Just a couple of weeks ago, it came up tax preparation,” she recalled.

Police said Eustache was arrested Friday at his office in Palm Bay.