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Feds Wary of Boston Lawyer’s Work, Creating Problems for Legitimate Clients

Posted Jun 29, 2009 1:35 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Attorney John Dvorak has represented hundreds of clients in immigration matters over the past eight years.

But recently the feds have begun rejecting some of his cases, contending that it has found fraudulent documents in a significant number of them, reports the Boston Globe.

This has apparently put some legitimate clients in a tough situation: "I don’t know if he did wrong or not, but it’s not my fault. ... “I paid for him to do the right thing,’’ says Carlos Cianflone, 40. He and his wife are worried that the government's denial of their case will hurt their autistic son, who is an American citizen.

Dvorak, who seemed visibly upset last week, declined to speak with the newspaper.

The Globe says the government's claims apparently concern cases opened during a brief, chaotic period in 2001, when the feds temporarily allowed some illegal immigrants to apply for legal residency through their relatives and employers.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "3 Lawyers Guilty in ‘Assembly-Line Fraud Factory’ Calif. Asylum Scam"

ABAJournal.com: "Real Lawyers Step In to Help Clients of N.Y. Man Accused of UPL"

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