A South Florida woman has been charged with visa fraud after authorities say she falsely promised 143 Haitians and told the federal government there were jobs waiting for them in the U.S.
Prosecutors say 59-year-old Jetta McPhee of Tamarac prepared a fake contract claiming a U.S. company needed construction workers under the H-2B guest worker visa program. The workers agreed to pay fees to McPhee and another woman after they were promised jobs and the possibility of permanent U.S. residency.
Authorities say those claims were not true and the jobs did not exist.
McPhee pleaded not guilty last week to conspiracy and visa fraud charges. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.
Co-conspirator Marie Dorval pleaded guilty in 2011 and cooperated with prosecutors.