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New Law Cracks Down On Document Scams

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Last legislative session, lawmakers passed AB 74, which regulates all document preparation service businesses in Nevada.

Beginning March first, anybody that's preparing a document for a fee will have to report to the Secretary of State's office for a background check before doing any business.

"We've seen a lot of abuse in this area, people charging substantial fees. They are almost marketing themselves as attorneys and they're not. They put people in worse positions sometimes than they were before they hired these companies," said Secretary of State Ross Miller.

Miller said this new law will protect our community, especially illegal immigrants.

He said since Driver Privilege Cards started being issued, many businesses are opening saying they can help immigrants with their paperwork but many of the businesses are scams.

So, after March first, Miller said there will be penalties for people preying on our community.

He said the first penalty will be a misdemeanor, but from there they could hand out some huge fines.

"Check with our office and make sure the company you are using is appropriately licensed because we'll have them undergo a background check. If you think you've been defrauded, file a complaint with our office. These companies will now have to post a $50,000 bond, so that should help to keep you whole if you got ripped off."

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Written by Chris Ciarlo

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