Maria Barillas, an immigration officer in Los Angeles has been arrested on multiple charges including creating a fake visa admission stamp. She is being held on $25,000 bail. This is the 5th arrest this year out of the 1,000 immigration officers nationwide. The charges go all the way back to 2003.
Maria Barillas, who is a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officer in Los Angeles, was taken into custody last week on state fraud and forgery charges. She was released on $25,000 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 4.
Prosecutors said Barillas is accused of forging and counterfeiting a U.S. government immigration visa admission stamp and issuing a false visa to an illegal immigrant from Nicaragua. She also is believed to have stolen and defaced federal documents, accessed government computers without authorization and identity theft, authorities said.
There needs to be better hiring and screening when it comes to not only immigration officers, but also in social service offices and at the Department of Motor Vehicles. All of these agencies regularly are found to have crooked employees working in them that are defrauding American taxpayers.