LA Woman Gets 2 Years In Prison For Visa Fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The owner of an LA employment agency is going to prison for filing phony work visa petitions on behalf of dozens of people who wanted to remain in the United States.

Lilia Tabafunda was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison and told to repay more than $54,000. She pleaded guilty last year to fraud and perjury.

Prosecutors say Tabafunda charged up to $10,000 to submit work visa petitions for her clients — mainly Filipinos who entered the U.S. as tourists. The visas falsely claimed they’d been offered jobs with prominent U.S. hospitals and nonprofit organizations.

Tabafunda was arrested in October as she tried to board a cruise ship to Mexico.

A call to her attorney, Roman Mosqueda, seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio
Play.It

Listen Live