Rutledge Takes Action Against Orientacion Latina
January 15, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a consumer-protection lawsuit on Tuesday against “notario” Yovana Hartin, also known as Yovana Diaz, and her business Orientacion Latina in Little Rock for false advertising. Hartin claims to provide “Notaria” services yet she has failed to make required disclosures stating that she is not an attorney or affiliated with a government agency.
“The fraudulent action and advertising of Orientacion Latina to intentionally deceive is wrong,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Orientacion Latina is not above the law and therefore should have disclosed that Hartin is not an attorney and not licensed or certified and has no authority over immigration or citizenship issues.”
Hartin advertised herself as a “notario” or “notario publico.” Hartin is not an attorney and cannot give legal advice on immigration issues. “Notario” fraud occurs when someone takes advantage of the literal English translation of “notario publico” or notary public. In Latin America, “notario” refers to members of the legal community who have specialized training similar to attorneys in various areas of the law.
Under Arkansas law, any person using the term “notario,” must include the following notice in all advertisements and signage in both English and Spanish: “I am not a licensed attorney and cannot engage in the practice of law. I am not a representative of any government agency with authority over immigration or citizenship and cannot offer legal advice or other assistance regarding immigration.”
Rutledge is asking the court to impose civil penalties, restitution, attorneys’ fees, costs and other relief against Orintacion Latina.