Carmen Figueroa: Department of Public Safety officer resigns after found to be illegal immigrant
11:24 AM, Dec 12, 2013
12:37 PM, Dec 12, 2013
TUCSON, AZ - An investigation has revealed an undocumented immigrant was working for over a decade as a Department of Public Safety officer in Arizona.
According to KVOA, Carmen Figueroa retained employment with DPS for 13 years possibly by using a fake birth certificate. She served as a spokesperson for the department, and more recently as an officer.
Figueroa had always been told by her family that she was born in the U.S., even though she was actually born in Mexico, a Department of Public Safety spokesman told The Daily Mail.
The investigation into Figueroa reportedly started when her brother applied for a U.S. visa. After Immigration and Customs Enforcement ran a background check on him, they learned his sister worked for DPS.
DPS spokesman Bart Graves told ABC15 , "She resigned on Monday and has been under investigation by the U.S. State Department and DPS since late August."
Graves added that Figueroa was placed on administrative leave at that time.
There is no word if any charges against Figueroa will be filed.
Graves told KVOA Figueroa believed she was an American citizen.