LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office revealed on Friday, December 7 that Dalia Moreno, 64, of East Los Angeles was sentenced to 9 years in county jail for defrauding over 30 people via her home-based immigration services business. Moreno pleaded not guilty to the original charges on January 12.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David M. Horwitz Moreno to pay $303,500 in restitution to all of her victims. The defendant will be subject to three years of mandatory supervision after serving her prison term.
According to a news release from the LADA’s Office, Moreno pleaded guilty on August 16 to six counts of counterfeit seal, three counts of forgery, one count of grand theft of personal property, one count of attempted grand theft of personal property and one count of extortion, all felonies. She admitted an allegation of taking property valued at more than $65,000 in the negotiated plea agreement.
Between September 1, 2010 and May 2, 2015, the defendant informed her 32 victims that she worked for the government and had distinct government connections, before falsely promising to expedite the processing of visas, resident alien cards and citizenship petitions. Moreno faked providing services by creating false visas and passport stamps for which she collected payment from her victims. She could have faced up to 28 years in prison.
The District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division and Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.