GRAND RAPIDS – A Dutch woman will spend six years in prison for defrauding undocumented immigrants by posing as a lawyer with the Department of Homeland Security.
Jessica Marie Rubio, 32, was convicted Monday by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff after pleading guilty.
Rubio has reportedly defrauded at least 91 victims in Michigan, Texas, South Carolina and Alabama by charging them for her services as an immigration attorney with DHS, a position she did not hold. Rubio was not licensed to practice law.
Prosecutors said it had targeted undocumented immigrants with its program and promised to file filing to apply for legal status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Justice’s Immigration Examination Executive Bureau.
According to prosecutors, she never submitted the immigration forms.
“Rubio’s fraud program was aimed at individuals trying to comply with United States immigration laws and lawfully filing documents in order to gain status in the United States,” US attorney Andrew Birge said in a statement. “She used her hopes and dreams, but pocketed her registration fees and never submitted those forms to the authorities that administer our immigration laws.”
According to her indictment, Rubio told her clients that she could expedite their immigration procedures and hide their criminal history.
She must repay $ 273,755 to victims of her system as part of her sentence and withhold $ 105,245.
Rubio pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud in July. As part of her settlement with the US attorney general, six other charges were dropped, including wire fraud and false impersonation of a US official.
Rubio is released under custody for two years after completing her sentence.
The Dutch Department of Public Security assisted the Department of Homeland Security, the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate and several other law enforcement agencies in the investigation.
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