Chattanooga woman accused of taking advantage of immigrants, impersonating lawyers
Martin Lester recalls answering an interesting call from over a year ago. That one phone call led to an indictment of a Chattanooga woman accused of taking advantage of undocumented immigrants.
"They said I'm a client of your office and I wanna know what's going on with my case," said Lester. The person's name wasn't familiar to us"
Lester is an immigration attorney. He owns Lester Law Firm in Hixson. After searching through his computer system, he could not find any record of the caller's case. He then heard from other attorneys about a scam targeting a group they try to help. Lester says in one of those cases, Ferrer forged a contract using his firm's logo.
"She was telling immigrants, vulnerable people, people with cases pending in immigration court, she was working with various attorneys and that if they paid her, then she would coordinate things to happen in their cases," Lester explained.
Jail records show deputies arrested Norma Ferrer in July. A grand jury indicted her on several charges including theft and impersonation of a licensed professional.
News Channel 9 tracked down an address for Ferrer's Multiservices through property tax records. On a public Facebook page, written in Spanish, Ferrer says she offers a variety of services including immigration help and tax filing.
Ferrer referred our questions to her attorney, Bill Speek. Over the phone, he told News Channel 9 the allegations are "extraordinary claims that will require extraordinary proof." Speek said the defense has started their own investigation into the claims, adding they've already found some discrepancies; he declined to elaborate pending court appearances.
Lester, who is a plaintiff in one of the indictments, says if Ferrer is found guilty, then she is responsible for more than just ripping off undocumented immigrants.
"She stole their dreams," he said. "She stole their chance for a life, a legal life, in the United States."
According to Hamilton County Court records, Ferrer is due back in court on September 7th.