Attorney General Laxalt Announces Grand Jury Indictment Against Former Las Vegas Resident for an Immigration Fraud Scam

October 6, 2016

Las Vegas, NV -   Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Rena Esther Starks, 58, residing in Covington, Georgia, was indicted by the Clark County Grand Jury on six felony charges for operating an immigration fraud scam out of Las Vegas. The alleged scam occurred between September 2014 and May 2015.

According to the indictment, Starks is accused of falsely representing herself to clients seeking American residency and citizenship, as being an attorney, being knowledgeable in immigration practices, and as having immigration connections in Washington D.C., including connections with President Obama. She collected up to $14,350 from one of her many clients.

"This office will continue its efforts to protect the integrity of the immigration system, and prosecute those individuals who prey on unsuspecting immigrants trying to navigate the system," said Laxalt.  "Immigration is an area of law where missteps in the application process can be devastating to those hoping to gain residency or citizenship. Individuals seeking information or assistance with residency and citizenship are urged to use licensed attorneys that are confirmed by the State Bar  or accredited representatives and recognized organizations authorized by the Board of Immigration Appeals ."

This case was investigated and is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Fraud Unit. An indictment is merely a charging document; every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

To read the criminal indictment against Rena Esther Starks, click here. To file a complaint about someone suspected of committing a fraud, click here


 (Photo Courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)