Healey Joins Other Attorneys General In Suing Immigration Services Company (WBUR) – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey joined her counterparts in Virginia and New York Monday in suing an immigration services company accused of preying on immigrants held in federal detention centers. The suit, which was filed jointly with the Consumer Federal Protection Bureau, claims Libre by Nexus misleads immigrants and conceals the costs of its bond payment services.
The complaint outlines a business model in which Libre allegedly targets civilly detained immigrants who are eligible for bond by charging expensive fees up front and subsequent monthly payments that are not credited toward the cost of bond. The complaint also charges that the company falsely presents itself as being aligned with the federal government, specifically U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Healey says her office knows of more than 200 former Libre customers in the state. She described immigrants who received harassing text messages and were threatened with deportation if they missed payments to Libre.