Arizona authorities say woman posed as immigration attorney

A Tucson woman faces 18 months in prison on wire fraud convictions in a case involving false claims made in connection with legal representation of people in immigration cases.

The sentence imposed Tuesday on Elvira Contreras, 38, by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps also requires that Contreras pay restitution of just under $90,000.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona said Contreras falsely told victims that she worked for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement or that she was an immigration attorney who could obtain immigration documents for a fee.

Contreras also falsely impersonated Tucson immigration attorney Doralina Luna, the office said.

Contreras pleaded guilty last fall to two counts.

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