Disbarred lawyer and wife fined $1.85 million for defrauding Chinese immigrants

Walter Wenko, 59, and Miao Huang, 48, falsely advertised themselves as attorneys for Asian Pacific Legal Services in Chinese newspapers and phone books from 1998 to 2001. They promised to help obtain work permits and green cards and to effect the immigration of family members in as little as a year. The couple in Monterey Park were ordered to pay a $1.85-million fine for defrauding hundreds of Chinese immigrants

Wenko was disbarred in 1998 for failing to comply with a 90-day disciplinary suspension by the State Bar of California. Records show he regularly failed to pay bar membership fees. His wife, Huang had no legal training,
Wenko and Huang's business was one of three Los Angeles-area immigration consulting practices targeted by the attorney general's office in 2001. Immigration Solution Center settled out of court in September by agreeing to pay more than $200,000 in civil penalties. The third firm, Immigration World Wide Services, was forced to shut down. (Source: Los Angeles Times, Mar. 1, 2004)

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