TUCSON – A Tucson woman, Elvira Contreras, was sentenced to 18 months’ in prison after being convicted of wire fraud and impersonating an immigration attorney. Contreras was also order to pay nearly $90,000 in restitution.
The 38-year-old Contreras falsely represented to undocumented alien victims that she worked for ICE or that she was an immigration attorney who could obtain U.S. immigration documents/benefits for them for a fee.
As part of her scheme, Contreras impersonated a local immigration attorney Doralina Luna.
Contreras pleaded guilty to wire fraud on September 18, 2019, after admitting that from 2014 to 2018, she “knowingly, willfully, and with the intend to defraud” promised to obtain immigration benefits and documents such as U-visas, citizenship status and contractor’s license to several victims. Contreras knew she could not provide the services but still excepted cash, casher checks, and orchestrated various wire transfers.
The sentencing document further details the lengths she went through to defraud the numerous victims by purposely misrepresenting an immigration attorney and at times and ICE agent.