Woman pleads guilty to forging immigration papers in NH in attempts to bring family to US
PORTSMOUTH — A Pennsylvania woman pleaded guilty on Monday to making false statements on family visa applications.
According to Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley, the woman submitted the family visa application to the National Visa Center in Portsmouth.
Anna Delarosa, 57, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, forged statements to try and obtain a family visa to bring the rest of her family from the Dominican Republic to the United States, Farley said.
To obtain a family visa, a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States (a “sponsor”) is required to submit an application for a family visa to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Under federal law, a sponsor is also required to demonstrate his or her ability to provide financial support to the applicant by submitting a financial affidavit, copies of their recent federal tax returns, and other personal financial records to the USCIS.
A citizen of a foreign country is not eligible for a family visa if he or she is likely to become a public charge after they enter the United States.
During the plea hearing Monday, Delarosa admitted that from August 2010 to April 2013, she knowingly caused ten financial affidavits that contained the forged signature of an alleged sponsor to be submitted to the National Visa Center in support of applications for family visas for citizens of the Dominican Republic.
The crime to which she pleaded guilty, making false statements to the federal government, is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Delarosa is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 11.