Baldwin Park

Woman in Alleged Immigration Scam Faces 75 Felony Counts

A Baldwin Park woman accused of stealing more than $267,000 from 38 alleged victims pleaded not guilty Wednesday to nearly three-dozen new criminal charges.

Eblin Balver, 52, is now facing 75 felony counts, including 60 counts of grand theft, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Balver allegedly claimed that she worked in the legal system and could help with immigration petitions, visas and home purchases, and collected payments from her customers without providing the promised services, according to the District Attorney's Office.

She also allegedly threatened some of the customers to prevent them from going to authorities, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Balver was initially charged with 40 felony counts last August, with more charges being added after other alleged victims were identified through a District Attorney's Consumer Protection hotline.

Balver -- who has remained behind bars since her arrest last Aug. 16 -- is due back at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse May 23, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to require her to stand trial.

If convicted as charged, she could face 63 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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