Between September 1, 2011 and September 7, 2012 Dorothy Clark Canfield charged a man and six of his family members $29,085.00 to provide legal residency status in the United States. The fee was for Canfield to file various forms with the Department of Homeland Security for permanent resident Visa’s. Canfield provided them with a receipt for that amount signed by Canfield and calling her business International Professional Placement Associates.
In October 2011 another woman paid Canfield $8,575.00 for the same service. The woman who paid Canfield was a legal resident but was doing it for her husband. On July 13, 2012 Canfield sent that woman an email stated, “I began with you, made every effort to keep Manuel from being deported…I was able to get him some time while I continued to pursue this case. I pay for my calls to Mexico, my trips to INS, and hours working on his case. I am unhappy with your attitude. Every cent you have paid me has been used. ..filing fees, etc. My fee of $750 is a drop in the bucket and more for the services I have provided you. I will not take time away from my family to work strictly on your case. I do have other clients as well. Perhaps your best bet Homeland Securwould be to have Manuel return the unorthodox way.” No documents were ever received by Manuel or his wife from Homeland Security.
Another woman and her brother paid $8,310 several months before the October incident. Once again receipts were given to them. In this case Canfield had the woamn and her brother go to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and pay $10 each to get official fingerprints at the crime lab. Those were delivered to Canfield on September 18, 2012. The woman and her brother never received anything from Homeland Security.
On September 19, 2012 an undercover DPS Investigator met with Canfield and told her he was in the United States illegally and requested Canfields help with filing documents with the Department of Homeland Security so he could get legal status. Canfield told him to pay her $4,490.00 and she would provide him with instant protection from deportation. She also told him once he paid her she would provide him with a form stating he had “protected status”. She also told him that he would be protected if he were stopped prior to him receiving his visa.
Canfield is not new to the legal system,
In 1986 she was convicted in Walker County of felony theft and was sentenced to 7 years probation. Her probation terminated with an early discharge in 1991.
In 1993 she was charged with theft by check in Montgomery County.
In 1993 she was arrested in Montgomery County for forgery of a governmental instrument. She was given 10 years deferred adjudication in that case.
On June 20, 1995 she was arrested for theft by check and given 1 year probation which was revoked on October 29, 1998.
In 1999 she was again given 2 years for forgery of a government financial instrument.
On April 1, 2003 Canfield was charged with 2 counts of theft by check in Montgomery County. They were dismissed on September 30, 2003.
She was sentenced to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice State Jail in 2009 for a 2008 conviction. She was released on January 25, 2011.
In October 2005 she was charged with theft by check, it was dismissed.
In February 2006 she was again charged with theft by check between $20 and $500 and was sentenced to 30 days in the Montgomery County Jail.
Also in February 2006 she was charged with theft by check. It was dismissed on February 27, 2006 in Montgomery County.
On January 2, 2008 she was arrested for theft of property. It was dismissed 6 months later.
Dorothy Canfield has used many other names in the past.
Dorothy Louise Cowell
Dorothy Colwell Clark
Dorothy Louise Clark
Dorothy Louise Canfield
Canfield was arrested on September 21, 2012 after Ranger Wakeman interviewed her. Canfield was charged with theft of property $20,000 to $100,000. She was placed in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Canfield now remains in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond for that theft. In addition she does not have a bond for the criminal solicitation of capital murder charge or criminal solicitation to commit aggravated assault on a public servant.