Pennsylvania Resident Sentenced For Making False Statements
CONCORD, N.H. – Ana Delarosa, 57, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was sentenced to serve three years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for submitting forged affidavits to the National Visa Center, announced Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley.
According to court documents and statements made in court, a limited number of family visas are issued by the U.S. Department of State to citizens of foreign countries. 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 (“USCIS”). Citizens of foreign countries are not eligible for a family visa if they are likely to become public charges after they enter the United States. Therefore, under federal law, a sponsor is also required demonstrate his or her ability to provide financial support to the applicant by submitting a financial affidavit, copies of recent federal tax returns, and other personal financial records to the USCIS. All applications for family visas are processed at the National Visa Center (“NVC”) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
On June 26, 2017, Delarosa pled guilty to making false statements to a federal agency. In particular, she admitted that from August 2010 to April 2013, she knowingly caused ten financial affidavits containing forged signatures of alleged sponsors to be submitted to the NVC in support of applications for family visas for citizens of the Dominican Republic.
Delarosa was sentenced to three years of probation. As a special condition of her probation, she must serve six months in home confinement. She also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Kinsella.