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East L.A woman faces more charges over alleged immigration scam

East Los Angeles — A woman who ran an immigration services business out of her home was slapped with 21 additional felony counts for allegedly  selling $270,000 worth of fake visas and passport stamps.

The L.A. County District Attorney announced the additional charges on Tuesday against 63-year-old Dalila Moreno after 19 additional victims were found since she was originally charged last October. That brings the total number of victims to 32.

The additional victims came forward with the help of the Consumer Protection Division’s telephone hotline at (213) 257-2465, according to the department.

Moreno now faces a total of 38 charges, including 27 counts of grand theft of personal property, along with attempted grand theft of personal property, forgery, counterfeit seal and extortion. The crimes occurred between Sept. 1, 2010, and May 2, 2015, according to the District Attorney.

Moreno pleaded not guilty to the original charges on Jan. 12 and bail was set at $550,000. She is expected to be arraigned on the new charges on June 19

Moreno faces a maximum possible sentence of 28 years in state prison if convicted as charged.

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4 comments

  1. “…allegedly selling $270,000 worth of fake visas and passport stamps.”

    I can see that those whose Identities, passports, etc., were stolen by this woman are definitely victims.

    However, a person who buys these documents is not a victim, but rather has committed a criminal act…these legitimate documents are not for sale.

    Am I misunderstanding the writer’s meaning?

    • Funny how these types of stories get framed. If someone buying fake documents is somehow a victim – would buying legitimate stolen documents somehow be on the up and up and therefore a not a criminal transaction? Would there even be arrests? Will the real victims please stand up, there seems to be confusion.

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