Serial plaintiff Alfredo Garcia arrested over immigration status
An illegal immigrant and convicted felon who has filed hundreds of lawsuits against small businesses over disability violations has been arrested.
Alfredo Garcia was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and is awaiting a hearing with an immigration judge to determine if he has a legal right to remain in the U.S.
Garcia, 41, is a paraplegic and four-time convicted felon. He has been making a living filing lawsuits against Southern California businesses.
Garcia’s rash of lawsuits continued up until his arrest. He has filed 24 new lawsuits since Eyewitness News’ story came out last year.
“I think it’s an extraordinary abuse of the law. The law has a good purpose, and its abuse is outrageous,” said attorney Gail Cooper-Folb, who represents dozens of businesses, including Yogurt Stop in West Hollywood, one of Garcia’s latest targets. …