Garcia de Rayos was charged with three felonies. Prosecutors said in court documents that they would seek a harsher sentence because she committed the crimes for financial gain. Because she was in the country without authorization, she was not eligible for bail.
In March 2009, just over three months after her arrest, Garcia de Rayos took a plea deal. She agreed to plead guilty to criminal impersonation. It was a Class 6 felony, the lowest class, but still a felony.
She was sentenced that same day to two years of probation and the time she had already served in jail. The hearing, according to court records, took 13 minutes.
Of the 12 people arrested, five had the charges against them dismissed without prejudice. Seven, including Garcia de Rayos, were convicted.
Probation and monitoring
Prosecutors filed charges against a woman accused of hiring the employees illegally. But that case was dropped under a settlement with the parent company of the amusement parks. Under that agreement, WaterWorld Safari agreed to close for 10 days. However, it had already stopped operating and was sold to another company.
Golfland Entertainment Centers did agree to certain measures, including using the E-Verify system to verify employees’ Social Security numbers.
The Los Angeles metro area is home to 1 million unauthorized immigrants, making it the second largest unauthorized immigrant population in the nation following New York City, with 1.2 million, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. No other metro area approached a million. Five of the 20 metros with the largest unauthorized immigrant populations are in California: Los Angeles, Riverside-San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose.