Woman sentenced to probation in robbery scam to get U-visas for undocumented immigrants

An Eden Prairie woman who pleaded guilty to falsifying multiple armed robbery incidents as part of a plan to help undocumented immigrants and make money has been sentenced.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said 36-year-old Yuridia Hernandez Linares was sentenced to three years of probation.

Woman pleads guilty in robbery scam to get U visas for undocumented immigrants

Hernandez pleaded guilty to theft by swindle earlier this month.

According to the attorney's office, Hernandez Linares concocted a plan to get U-visas for undocumented individuals by faking armed robberies and charging the individuals $2,000.

A criminal complaint states Hernandez Linares would cut the individuals with a box cutter to make it look like they were victims of an armed robbery, and they'd then report the incident to police.

U-visa applications are considered for victims who cooperate with police or prosecutors and provide temporary protection from deportation.