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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Friday, March 22, 2013

Orlando Woman Indicted For False Use Of Seals Of The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security

Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Maria V. Constantinou (40, Orlando) with two counts of false use of a seal of a department of the United States of America. If convicted, Constantinou faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison on each count.

According to the indictment, Constantinou falsely used the seal of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on letters in 2009 and 2010 that purported to be from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fraud Detection Division. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sara C. Sweeney.

Updated January 26, 2015