Fraudster who preyed on immigrants convicted and sentenced

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NEW YORK – A Westchester County woman
pled guilty and was sentenced after she admitted to operating a long-running
scheme to steal from Queens residents by falsely promising a wide range
of services to her predominantly immigrant clients.

She collected over $100,000 in fraudulent payments for services she never
delivered or refunded victims’ money.

Sonia Vertucci, 42, of New Rochelle, pled guilty to felony scheme to defraud
and was sentenced to one to three years in state prison and was ordered
to pay restitution to the victims when she is released from prison.

Vertucci had promised immigrants Social Security cards to help obtaining
legal residency status; and promised truck drivers she would clear up
tickets and license suspensions to allow them to get back to work.

In each case she demanded money up front, usually in cash, and then did
nothing.