A former resident of Mercer Island, who stole more than $220,000 from immigrants with promises of immigration assistance, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to wire fraud, following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and its Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).
Dalia Ivette Singh, aka Dalia Pena, 61, who most recently resided in Clearwater, Florida, defrauded more than 40 immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America. Singh charged some families as much as $36,000, claiming she had a contact with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) who could provide the immigrants with legal status in the United States. Singh claimed her USCIS contact ran a special program the immigrants could use to get legal status. There was no such program and no USCIS contact – Singh fabricated the story to defraud the victims. Singh’s sentencing before U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2016. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Becker.
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