A Boulder immigration lawyer arrested in February on suspicion of theft is now facing over 50 charges after 79 alleged victims have come forward and claimed she scammed them out of thousands of dollars.

Emily Cohen, 34, is now facing 59 charges — most of them felony theft — after the Boulder County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to add charges earlier this week.

A warrant for Cohen's arrest was originally issued in February after seven different families came forward and said she collected $41,320 in fees from them to secure visas and work permits and then dropped out of contact without ever delivering on the documents.

Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett said since that time other victims have come forward and the amount Cohen is now alleged to have stolen is well over $200,000.

"We've reviewed the evidence closely with each individual case and filed charges where we felt the evidence supported them," Garnett said. "As in all pending cases, the defendant is presumed innocent."

According to the original arrest affidavit, investigators say Cohen — who spoke fluent Spanish — refused to provide the families who could not read English with a Spanish-language copy of their contracts. After an initial meeting in person with Cohen during which she would tell the families she could help them secure the documents, Cohen would lay out a payment plan for them.

The families told investigators they made cash payments to receptionists at one of Cohen's two Boulder offices but rarely saw Cohen or got receipts for the payments. They said Cohen ignored their phone calls and stopped showing up to court for the families with court cases even after the payments were completed.

Garnett said all of the current alleged victims had immigration or legal issues, and about half spoke Spanish as a primary language.

Cohen — who is free on $10,000 bond — is scheduled for an arraignment on May 30.

Cohen's attorney Steven Louth could not be immediately reached for comment.

The Colorado Supreme Court in March temporarily suspended Cohen's law license while the case is pending.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars.