Crime

Employment agency owner charged with visa fraud

By Edwin Folven, 11/08/2012

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The owner of a Wilshire Center employment agency has been indicted on immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing more than 100 bogus work visa petitions on behalf of people she falsely claimed had been recruited for positions with hospitals and non-profit organizations.

Lilia Tabafunda, 57, the owner of People’s Resources International Services, was named in a 10-count indictment returned on Nov. 1 by a federal grand jury. The indictment charges Tabafunda with nine counts of visa fraud and one count of perjury. Two of the charges involve alleged fraud and false statements related to Tabafunda’s own naturalization application.

Tabafunda was arrested Oct. 15 as she was preparing to leave the country on a cruise ship bound for Mexico.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 13 in United States District Court.

 

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