A Clinton attorney has been indicted on federal charges she aided in illegal immigration practices and committed perjury.
According to a press release from United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert Higdon, a federal grand jury in Raleigh has indicted Sarah Jane Brinson, 34, with aiding and abetting visa fraud and false statements in immigration proceedings.
According to the indictment, Ms. Brinson, who is a licensed North Carolina attorney and notary public, prepared and submitted applications containing false statements on behalf of a client.
The client was a citizen of Guatemala who retained Ms. Brinson under his real name, but was utilizing an assumed name to illegally work in the United States. The indictment also alleges, Ms. Brinson knew her clients real name and notarized her client’s signature under the assumed identity and represented him in Wayne County Court on several traffic matters.
The grand jury also believed Ms. Brinson prepared and submitted United States Citizenship and Immigration services application for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and a request for employment authorization stating under the penalty of perjury her client had not used other names.
If Ms. Brinson is convicted of the charges, she could face a maximum of 15 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and a term of supervised release following any jail time.
— Rick Curl