Sheriff: Illegal Alien Lied About Being Kidnapped, Raped In Attempt To Remain In U.S.
MARION COUNTY, FL – On July 15, deputies arrested Alma Delia Duran, 52, after a four-months long investigation determined that she was lying about her reported abduction and sexual assault.
On March 2, Duran's co-worker at the Baseline Golf Course in Ocala reported her missing. A short time later, Duran was spotted walking naked along Highway 314.
Duran told deputies that she had been kidnapped, raped and left on the side of the road.
During the course of the investigation, detectives discovered through phone records that the illegal alien was actually speaking to a man named Luis Guerrero at the time she claimed to have been suffering through the harrowing ordeal.
When questioned, Guerrero said that the two had been in a relationship for the last five years, and that they had sex with her on the day she claimed to have been kidnapped, according to court documents.
Confronted with this information, Duran admitted that she had been lying to investigators in an elaborate plot to obtain a U-Visa, in order to avoid deportation back to Mexico.
U-Visas are often granted to those here illegally who have been the victims of human trafficking and sexual assaults, who are willing to help law enforcement identify and prosecute their attackers.
The Tampa Free Press reported:
“Nothing is more important to me as the sheriff than ensuring violent criminals are apprehended and locked away in jails and prisons,” Sheriff Billy Woods said in a statement.
“When we received the initial report of this crime, I asked my deputies and detectives to leave no stone unturned in the search for the individual responsible. Ms. Duran’s false report took away resources that we could have used to investigate actual crimes that occurred against our citizens.”
Duran has been charged with filing a false police report, and booked into the Marion County Jail.
*Despite her illegal status in this country, she was quickly released on only $1,000 bail.