Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Times-News: Idaho Woman Accused, Again, of Swindling Immigrants

Posted By on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 9:58 AM

A Jerome woman already convicted of swindling immigrants is being accused of the same crime.

Federal prosecutors say Celia Perez "made her living for almost a decade cheating immigrants out of thousands of dollars, promising them a better legal life in the United States."

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that a similar civil complaint was filed against Perez in 2010, but Perez failed to appear to mount a defense. A judge ruled against Perez in September 2011, according to court documents.

The new indictment alleges that from December 2006 through July of this year, Perez bilked two families out of more than $30,000. Claiming to be an immigration attorney, Perez made and cancelled appointments, asked for money and never filed documents.

The indictment says Perez must return at least $30,665.

In previous complaints, 23 people complained of being duped by Perez to the Jerome County Sheriff's Office.

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