A man has been arrested and around €60,000 has been frozen in a bank account as part of an investigation into an alleged bogus legal firm offering immigration services.

Officers from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau seized files and computers during searches in the Blessington area of Co Wicklow yesterday.

Gardaí discovered that in many cases the victims of the bogus legal firm were people attempting to regularise their status in Ireland.

It is understood they had paid fees between €1,000 and €3,000 to the firm.

The arrested man was detained at Naas Garda Station.

Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: "We are concerned that people in vulnerable positions are being taken advantage by fraudsters.

"We are advising persons seeking legal advice on immigration services or otherwise to check to ensure the person or persons they are dealing with have the appropriate qualifications and experience to provide such services."

The man is due to appear before Naas District Court.