Blaine immigration adviser responds to state suit

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- A Blaine-based immigration advisory has agreed to change his business practices and pay $3,000 in legal costs in response to a civil suit filed by the Washington Attorney General's office.

The suit accused Jason Ankeny of violating the state's Consumer Protection Act.

In signing a consent decree, Ankeny does not admit or deny wrongdoing.

The Bellingham Herald reports the complaint filed in Whatcom County Superior Court says Ankeny's website and advertising fliers led potential customers to believe that he possessed "special professional skills," but he is not licensed to practice law, nor is he authorized to represent others in immigration matters.

In the consent decree, Ankeny agrees that he and his employees will not give advice about visas, work permits, residencies, citizenship or other immigration matters.

The binding decree also orders Ankeny to dissolve his company and surrender his registration as an immigration assistant.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com