Mississippi Woman Charged with Making False Statements to New Orleans Immigration Court
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. announced that MARINA ARNEDO ROJAS-ZAYED, age 34, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was charged today in a Bill of Information for making false statements to an agency of the United States.
According to the Bill of Information, from on or about July 2012 until on or about August 2013, ROJAS-ZAYED represented before the New Orleans Immigration Court, that she was a licensed attorney in the state of Alabama, when in truth she was not a licensed attorney.
If convicted, ROJAS-ZAYED faces a possible maximum term of imprisonment of five years, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in investigating this matter. Assistant U. S. Attorney Julia K. Evans is in charge of the prosecution.