A Montebello woman accused of conning more than $630,000 from dozens of people seeking immigration services was charged Thursday with 64 new counts.
Romina Aida Zadorian — who pleaded not guilty — is now facing 112 felony counts, including grand theft of personal property exceeding $950, first-degree residential burglary, false government documents activity, criminal threats, extortion, dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, forgery relating to an item exceeding $950 in value and petty theft with three priors, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The criminal complaint alleges that the 48-year-old defendant was convicted of various counts of grand theft in 2009.
Prosecutors allege that Zadorian operated a bogus immigration services business at her home, where she allegedly falsely promised to expedite the processing of visas, resident alien cards and citizenship petitions.
Zadorian allegedly told her clients that she worked for the government and had special government connections, according to the District Attorney’s Office. She is also suspected of telling some of the alleged victims that she was an attorney.
Prosecutors allege that she pretended to provide services by filing inapplicable immigration forms with immigration authorities and that she collected payments but did not provide the promised services.
She was initially charged with 48 felony counts, but prosecutors added the new charges after nearly 50 other alleged victims were identified through a hotline for the District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors allege more than $630,000 in losses in a case that remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.
Zadorian has remained in jail since she was arrested Oct. 26 by Montebello police.
She is scheduled to return to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on July 2, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to allow the case against her to proceed to trial.
If convicted as charged, she could face up to 60 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
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