Boulder immigration attorney Emily Cohen facing theft charges, suspension

A Boulder immigration lawyer is facing felony theft charges and a possible suspension of her license after Boulder County prosecutors say she scammed several families out of thousands of dollars.

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of Emily Cohen, 34, on suspicion of five counts of theft of $1,000 to $20,000 and theft of $2,000 to $5,000.

According to the arrest affidavit, Cohen collected fees from seven immigrant families to secure visas and work permits and then dropped out of contact without ever delivering on the documents.

Cohen allegedly collected $41,320 in fees from the seven families, with one family paying Cohen as much as $13,000 according to the affidavit.

Investigators say in some of the cases Cohen — who spoke fluent Spanish — refused to provide the families who could not read English with a Spanish-language copy of their contracts. After an initial meeting in person with Cohen during which she would tell the families she could help them secure the documents, Cohen would lay out a payment plan for them.

The families told investigators they made cash payments to receptionists at one of Cohen’s two Boulder offices but rarely saw Cohen or got receipts for the payments. They said Cohen ignored their phone calls and stopped showing up to court for the families with court cases even after the payments were completed.

The arrest affidavit and Cohen’s online site list Emily Cohen law as having offices at 4450 Arapahoe Ave. and 1942 Broadway.

The arrest warrant carries a bond of $10,000.

The affidavit indicated attorney Stephen Louth contacted investigators and informed them he would be representing Cohen. Louth did not immediately return calls for comment Friday morning.

In addition to the theft charges, Cohen is also facing suspension after the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel filed a motion on Feb. 14 with the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge to have her immediately suspended for causing “immediate and substantial private harm” and converting client funds.

The complaints allege that Cohen also collected fees but failed to deliver services to several other clients who were not named as victims in the Boulder County arrest affidavit.

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