People v Alice Fausto

On April 20, 2016, defendant Alice Fausto was convicted of felony grand theft in an immigration fraud case. She pled no contest to five counts of felony grand theft and was ordered to serve 18 months in county jail, in addition to being ordered to pay restitution of over $50,000 to her victims and being placed on probation for five years.

Between June 2014 and September 2015, Defendant Fausto fraudulently represented herself as a paralegal and solicited business from undocumented members of the local community to assist them in obtaining work permits and visas for themselves and members of their family. Most of the victims paid Fausto in cash.

Fausto simply filled out a visa application for free on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement website on behalf of the victims without any follow-through and pocketed their money. Several months after taking their money, Fausto cut off all communication with the victims. Over fifteen victims came forward alleging that Fausto had taken over $57,000 from them as part of this scheme.

In September 2015, the fraud was reported to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office filed twelve felony counts of grand theft and two misdemeanor counts of petty theft against Defendant Fausto on behalf of the fifteen victims of immigration fraud who were identified. Inspectors with the District Attorney’s Office subsequently arrested Fausto on $245,000 bail and served a search warrant on her home where they recovered copies of passports, birth certificates, and other papers belonging to the victims.

We ask the public to contact us if they feel they have been a victim of immigration fraud or a scam that sounds similar to this. Please call DA Inspector Eddie Bermudez in our Consumer Protection Division at (510) 383 - 8600.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016