Woman who advertised "translation" services in Spanish business directory must pay $2,000 in restitution to two victims
The Oregon Department of Justice filed a settlement on Monday that prohibits a Washington County woman from offering fraudulent translation and legal services to Spanish-speakers.
The settlement also requires Olimpia Santizo to pay a total of $2,000 in restitution to two victims.
The Santizo investigation was conducted by two law students in the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University, Katherine Silva and Casey Bieberi.
Santizo owned and operated Access to the System LLC. She advertised "translation" services in a Spanish business directory. Santizo accepted money to complete divorce legal forms. The Spanish-speakers who paid her believed she had the authority to represent them in their legal matter. Santizo is not a lawyer.
Access to the System is no longer in business.
Earlier this year, a Washington County judge entered a judgment against Santizo involving similar allegations that she victimized a Spanish-speaker by misrepresenting translation services as legal services in connection with the filing of a divorce.
Misrepresenting "services" is a common scam that targets the Spanish-speaking community.
Senior Asst. Attorney General Caren Rovics, who is also an adjunct law professor in the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University, supervised the investigation.
Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.
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