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Lakeland Couple Convicted Of Large Scale Immigration Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida– United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that a federal jury has found Domenico (68) and Rosa Cingari (67) guilty of conspiracy, mail fraud, and making false statements in immigration applications and petitions. They each face up to 5 years in federal prison on the conspiracy count and up to 20 years in federal prison on each of the 6 mail fraud counts. Domenico Cingari was convicted of two counts of making false statements in immigration applications and his wife was convicted of four counts, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  Their sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 2, 2016.

The couple was indicted on July 9, 2015.

According to evidence presented at trial, Rosa and Domenico Cingari owned and operated R.E.P.C. Accounting and Translations out of their residence in Lakeland. The Cingaris assisted illegal aliens in obtaining Florida driver’s licenses by filing fraudulent immigration documents. Specifically, they would file I-589 (Applications for Asylum and Withholding of Removal), I-130 (Petitions for Alien Relative), and I-765 (Work Authorization) forms. Most of these applications and petitions submitted to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services by the Cingaris contained materially false information. The Cingaris charged their clients between $500 and $1,300 for the fraudulent immigration applications.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stacie B. Harris and Simon Gaugush.

Updated November 10, 2016

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