Woman pleads guilty to forgery; could face deportation

Published 6:56 am Tuesday, November 10, 2009

An Austin woman charged with felony forgery following an October traffic stop was sentenced Monday in Mower County and could face deportation.

Josefina Cano Pascual, 31, was sentenced to a 366-day prison term stayed three years, but first she must cooperate with federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Pascual pleaded guilty to one count of simple forgery Thursday.

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According to a criminal complaint, Pascual was pulled over Oct. 17 on the 100 block of First Street Northwest after she abruptly turned in front of a squad car.

Speaking no English, she wrote the name “Sandra Rosie Villanueva” on a piece of paper and gave it to the officer to identify herself. Pascual also indicated on the piece of paper that she was born in 1986, the complaint states.

A 32-year-old male passenger speaking limited English helped translate questions for Pascual, and when asked, she said she was 30 years old.

The officer then checked on the vehicle. Records indicated that it is registered to a different person and has no insurance, according to the complaint.

There was also no record of “Villanueva” found in the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services database.

The officer asked Pascual about the discrepancies and she admitted that she was using an alias to work at Quality Pork Processors in Austin.

Pascual was taken to jail and the car towed to the pound.

The officer asked the passenger to retrieve Pascual’s identification. He returned to the Law Enforcement Center with a QPP work card and a Missouri ID in the “Villanueva” name. He also brought her Mexican birth certificate.