A company that provides services for immigrants in federal custody was ordered Tuesday to pay more than $811 million in restitution and fines in a lawsuit that accused it of using deceptive and abusive tactics Was.

Paying almost $231 million in restitution to Nexus Services, as well as $13.8 million to New York, $7.1 million to Virginia and $3.4 million to Massachusetts, according to a judgment filed in federal court for the Western District of Virginia in Harrisonburg. will be. The Virginia-based company, its subsidiary Libre by Nexus and three of its executives also must pay more than $111 million in civil penalties.

The ruling is a victory for the thousands of immigrant families who lost their life savings when Libre targeted and victimized them, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. Libre exploited vulnerable immigrants and their families to line their pockets, and that is illegal and unfair.

James joined state attorneys general in Virginia and Massachusetts and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a 2021 lawsuit that accused the company of violating state and federal consumer protection laws.

Authorities said the company promised to secure the immigrants’ release on bond while processing their immigration claims, but it concealed and misrepresented the true nature and cost of its services. He said the company collected thousands of dollars in fees over the face value of the bonds and forced immigrants to wear painful ankle monitors.

U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Dillon said in her ruling that the company is not a licensed bail bond agent or a surety company certified by the U.S. Treasury, but rather a “service provider that acts as an intermediary between immigration detainees and sureties and their bond agents.” Works.

The company said in a statement that it intended to appeal the decision, calling it a shocking departure from normal American jurisprudence “because the decision was taken without evidence, without a trial, and without a damages hearing.”

“We are committed to serving our customers – people who suffer and sacrifice for a better life, and who do not deserve to be political pawns in the US legislature or the US courts,” the company said.

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first published: 03 April 2024 | 7:51 am First

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