Breaking News

El Paso CBP Officers Seize 200 Pounds of Narcotics in Railcar Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General Governor Cooper Appoints Superior Court Judge for Nash County Will Rogers ANGB selected as sole candidate to replace MC-12s with new AT-802U Sky Warden Formal Training Unit > Air Force > Article Display Governor Abbott Appoints Perez To Texas School Safety Center Board | Office of the Texas Governor Secretary-General Video Message for Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States’ Summit, Urges Climate Solidarity, investment in Sustainable Development USAID Releases Anti-Corruption Policy, Commemorates International Anti-Corruption Day | Press Release Del Rio Sector Agents Apprehend Group of 700 Migrants


TAMPA, Fla. — Roberta A. Guedes has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a fraudulent scheme wherein she posed and practiced law as a licensed attorney. Guedes faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, in 2014, Guedes graduated from Stetson University College of Law, but twice failed the Florida Bar exam. Guedes has never been licensed to practice law in Florida nor in any other state. Despite this, in the fall of 2014, Guedes incorporated two fake law firms—Ferguson and McKenzie LLC and Immigration and Litigation Law Office, Inc. Guedes marketed her legal services and rented office space at the Rivergate Tower in downtown Tampa. She took on multiple client-victims, misrepresenting herself as an attorney. Guedes charged her client-victims fees for her services, which ranged from representation in immigration proceedings to family law matters. At times, Guedes impersonated a law school classmate and licensed attorney who had no involvement in Guedes’s sham law firms. As part of her fraudulent scheme, Guedes filed court pleadings and immigration petitions using her former classmate’s name and Florida Bar number, and also made several personal appearances in federal immigration court in Orlando and Hillsborough County court posing as a licensed attorney.    

Guedes furthered her fraudulent scheme by using other victims’ personal identity information. For example, Guedes used one victim’s social security number, birthdate and other identifying information to open bank accounts, credit cards and other lines of credit for personal expenses and business-related expenses for her sham law firms.

Any person who was a possible victim, or knows of someone who may have been, is urged to contact Homeland Security Investigations at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, with assistance from the Largo Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Murray.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Source link