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Legal help for immigrants was a scam, police charge

A Falls Church woman is accused of stealing more than $1 million from illegal immigrants who paid her to help them get working papers.

The Washington Examiner reports that Shahrzad Soleimanlou allegedly had several illegal immigrants wire her money by telling them that it was a necessary part of establishing legal residency in the United States.

According to the indictment, which was filed in the Alexandria federal court, Soleimanlou allegedly told the immigrants the money would stay in the applicants’ names or in an escrow account as she prepared their immigration forms. However, those forms were rarely filed and, when they were, contained false information.

Soleimanlou used some of the stolen cash to gamble in Atlantic City, the indictment alleges.

By Sarah Rodriguez

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