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Idaho woman indicted in immigration scam case

A federal grand jury has indicted a southern Idaho woman after prosecutors said she cheated immigrants out of thousands of dollars by pretending to be an immigration attorney.

The Times-News reports Celia Perez of Jerome was indicted the week of Oct. 7 on 12 counts of mail fraud in Boise’s U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors say that starting in the end of 2006 Perez bilked two families out of more than $30,000 by claiming to be an immigration attorney who could help them. Perez has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

The Idaho Attorney General filed a civil complaint against her in 2010 involving similar allegations. Court records show Perez failed to appear at a hearing in that case and a judge ruled against her in 2011.


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