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Dallas lawyer accused of immigration fraud

20 Feb

DALLAS (AP) – A prominent Dallas immigration lawyer has been arrested after a federal indictment accused her of submitting fraudulent applications for crime-victim visas for clients.

Immigration agents arrested Sherin Thawer on Friday at her home in the Dallas suburb of Coppell (kuh-PEHL’). She appeared before a federal magistrate in Dallas and was released on her own recognizance. No trial date has been set.

The seven-count indictment charges her with single counts of immigration fraud conspiracy, mail fraud and identity theft, as well as four counts of aggravated identity theft.

The indictment alleges she used names and badge numbers of police officers without their knowledge to apply for U-Visas, which are given to crime victims.

Messages left with Thawer by The Associated Press weren’t returned.