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Immigrant Workers Say They Were Scammed

LAS VEGAS (CN) - Workers says a construction company docked their paychecks for years, supposedly to help them get green cards, but never filed forms for legal residency. Thirteen Latino workers sued Northern Pipeline Construction; Creative Concepts, which Northern allegedly hired to help them immigrate; and Pomona, Calif. attorney Paul Schelly.

The plaintiffs claim Northern began docking them $20 per week in November 2002, increasing the payment to $25 in October 2005.

They say Northern introduced them to Creative Concepts in November 2002, and that "at that time Creative Concepts and Northern Pipeline represented to the plaintiffs that Northern Pipeline had contacted Creative Concepts to help plaintiffs immigrate to the United States."

Schelly sought labor certification for them in September 2003 and "at the same time, Paul Schelly represented to the Immigration and Naturalization Service that he was the attorney or representative on behalf of each plaintiff," according to the complaint in Clark County Court.

They say that in October 2007, the INS denied their applications for employment authorization. The claim that "neither Northern Pipeline, Creative Concepts, nor Paul Schelly had ever filed an I-485 [petition for legal residency] for plaintiffs."

They seek lost wages and punitive damages.

They are represented by Cal Potter.

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