Immigration lawyer pleads guilty to falsifying immigration status

The wife of an immigration lawyer who was accused of falsifying her immigration status pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to investigators and could face up to two years in prison.

Rachela Lopez, 44, pleaded guilty to filing false claims of immigration status in an Arizona court on Thursday.

The former immigration attorney pleaded guilty last year to filing four false claims that were submitted to immigration authorities.

She admitted to submitting false claims to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which said Lopez was the director of its Phoenix office from 2013 to 2015.

A spokesman for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the couple were married in 2015 and have been together for more than 25 years.

Lopez told the judge she was a registered nurse in Phoenix, Arizona, from 2003 to 2011.

She told immigration authorities she was working as a lawyer in Phoenix but worked from home and was not required to register with the office, court documents said.

Lampard, who was married to Lopez’s husband, had a concealed carry license but was not legally registered to practice law, court papers said.

She was arrested on charges of filing false statements to immigration officials and perjury after the U, S. Citizenship & Immigration Services said Lopez submitted false claims and failed to disclose her employment with the Phoenix office.