- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A Texas woman has been accused of scamming immigrants in federal detention centers by pretending to represent attorneys.

Jessica Alva of San Antonio remains in custody facing three counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. A grand jury in San Antonio on Wednesday indicted Alva, who was arrested last week in Sulphur, Louisiana.

Alva visited the South Louisiana Correctional Center in Basile and the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena.

Investigators say Alva faxed forged letters to gain access to immigrants believed in the U.S. illegally. Prosecutors say Alva, who’s not a lawyer, used the names of two attorneys she formerly worked for, offered legal help and asked immigrants to deposit money into her account.

Authorities didn’t immediately provide information on a lawyer to speak for Alva.

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