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Ex-immigration consultant is sentenced for bilking clients

February 3, 2009 |  3:49 pm

A former immigration consultant was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in state prison for bilking more than 100 clients out of money in exchange for promises of legal status, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced.

A Superior Court judge also ordered Romina Aida Zadorian, 39, to pay nearly $900,000 to the victims she had defrauded.

From 2003 to 2008, Zadorian pretended to be an attorney for an immigration consulting business in Montebello and told clients that she could help them obtain residency, citizenship and work permits.

After collecting fees of $6,000 to $20,000 from clients, Zadorian would file improper documents on their behalf. Zadorian pleaded no contest last month to eight counts of grand theft.

—Anna Gorman