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Brazilian National Sentenced For Immigration Fraud

February 13, 2014

A citizen and national of Brazil, Andrea Carla Barbosa, 36, of Orange Beach, was sentenced today to five years of probation and removal from the country after pleading guilty to immigration fraud, United States Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama announced today.

Barbosa pled guilty in November to attempting to obtain citizenship by fraud. She entered the United States in 2001 and after overstaying her visa, she applied for naturalization based on a fraudulent marriage to a United States citizen. Although Barbosa was sentenced to five years of probation, a requirement of her probation is that she voluntarily leave the United States in March or be deported.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, and prosecuted by Assistant United states Attorney Sean P. Costello.

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