A Queens woman has pleaded guilty to bilking $25,000 from an undocumented couple, Queens DA Richard Brown said Wednesday.
Bibi Nandalall, 49, told the victims in 2012 that she worked for the DMV and that she could get them driver’s licenses if they filled out paperwork and paid her cash, according to the DA’s office. A month later, Nandalall had them sign paperwork she said was for permanent resident cards and again took cash from the victims.
Nandalall gave them forged immigration documents and an appointment card for fingerprinting and photographs. When the couple went for their immigration appointments, they found out there wasn’t a record of their citizenship application, the DA's office said.
Nandalall pleaded guilty on Tuesday to third-degree grand larceny. She will serve four months in jail followed by five years of probation, and will pay back the money she defrauded the couple in restitution.
“The victims in this case strove to become part of the American Dream. They worked hard and saved their money and gave it to this defendant in the hopes of gaining legal status in this country. Instead, they were defrauded by the defendant. The sentence to be meted out by the Court is appropriate in that it will make the victims financially whole and punish the defendant for taking advantage of these vulnerable victims,” Brown said in a statement.