Democrat Assemblywoman Gabriella Rosa pled guilty in federal court last week to multiple counts of fraud, including marriage fraud. Rosa admitted to lying to immigration authorities about a fraudulent marriage arrangement, accepting illegal campaign contributions and making false statements to a federal bankruptcy court.
Do you take this man to be your $8,000 husband?
A Dominican-born assemblywoman said “I do” to a man she didn’t love, entering a bogus marriage just to obtain citizenship.
Gabriela Rosa, 47, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court on Friday in a deal that required the Democrat to immediately resign from the Assembly.
“I married that person and it was not a real marriage,” Rosa told Judge Denise Cote.
“I falsely got married with a U.S. citizen in order for me to regularize my immigration status and become a legal alien in this country.”
She also admitted to bankruptcy fraud and accepting an illegal campaign contribution. Under the terms of a plea deal, Rosa is expected to receive between 12 and 18 months of prison time, a fine of $30,000, and she was forced to resign immiediately.
NY GOP Chair Ed Cox responded to news of the arrest:
“What does it say about our state that we hardly bat an eye anymore when a Democratic legislator is indicted? Andrew Cuomo and Eric Schneiderman have allowed Albany Democrats’ Culture of Corruption to flourish unabated. Rob Astorino and John Cahill will do what Democrats can’t do: clean up corruption and restore New Yorkers’ faith in government.”
Rosa, in explaining her actions, opted for the ‘everybody’s doing it’ defense.
“All I’m saying is, I’m not the first one,” she said. “I think certainly I’m not going to be the last one.”
She also justified her fraudulent marriage arrangement by saying it’s “very hard for immigrants who come from all over the world.”
Yet somehow, roughly 700,000 immigrants per year legally become naturalized citizens.