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Immigration Lawyer Censured for Threat to Report Client to ICE

March 31, 2022, 11:28 PM

An immigration attorney in New York was publicly censured Thursday for threatening to report a former client’s activities to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Asel Mukambetova was hired by the unnamed client for $8,800 in connection with an immigration removal proceeding, but the client discharged Mukambetova and left a negative review of the lawyer online. Mukambetova then sent the former client an email in Russian, a language they share, in which she threatened a lawsuit and a report to ICE.

The former client filed a complaint with the Attorney Grievance Committee.

The AGC and Mukambetova agreed to a public censure ...