Woman Who Promised to Get Citizenship for Undocumented Workers Sentenced to Two Years


Orange County District Attorney
Press Release

Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
June 19th, 2001

Contact: Elisabeth Hatcher (714) 773-4489

ANAHEIM  — A woman who claimed to be able to speed up the citizenship process for undocumented workers pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of grand theft and one count of committing a theft with a prior conviction. She was sentenced to two years in state prison.

Dilcia Castellanos (DOB 12-6-62) of Anaheim, was already in custody and taken back to jail. She was accused of stealing more than $19,000 from six victims. Three of those were victims of the INS scheme, in which Castellanos said she had contacts who could legally expedite the process. Other victims were promised various business deals that the defendant did not provide.

Castellanos herself is not a United States citizen and may face deportation or additional prosecution after she serves her sentence. She is on probation for a 1997 case in which she racked up utilities and credit card charges in a neighbor’s name.