Round Rock woman accused of posing as immigration lawyer

Round Rock police

A Round Rock woman is accused of falsely posing as an immigration lawyer at her business in downtown Round Rock, according to an arrest affidavit. Maria Dekay, 43, was charged with falsely holding oneself out as a lawyer, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Dekay appeared to specialize in immigration law at her business named GroupOne at 409 W. Main St. in Round Rock, the affidavit said. Round Rock police began investigating her Nov. 26 after receiving a repor that Dekay had kept a notary stamp left behind by a former employee and used it to illegally notarize legal documents, according to the affidavit. It said the former employee’s signature also was forged when the documents were notarized.

A detective found out from the State Bar of Texas that Dekay was not a licensed attorney in Texas, the affidavit said. The investigator also found out, according to the affidavit, that Austin lawyer Diego Rodriguez, who handles immigration cases, had filed a complaint with the State Bar of Texas against Dekay, saying he is representing former immigration clients of Dekay’s who were not provided any legal services.


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