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Prosecutor: Former immigration attorney, husband convicted

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Dec 07, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A federal prosecutor says a disbarred Arizona immigration lawyer and her husband each face up to five years in prison when sentenced in February on convictions for conspiring to commit acts that included forging the signature of a court clerk.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Sullivan said Saturday that a U.S. District Court jury in Tucson returned verdicts late Friday against disbarred attorney Marivel Cantu-Madril and attorney Richard A. Madril, Cantu-Madril's husband.

Sullivan said Cantu-Madril was convicted of conspiracy plus counts of forgery and possession of false seals of government agencies but acquitted of mail fraud while Madril was convicted of conspiracy, the only charge against him.

Cantu-Madril lost her Arizona law license under a Feb. 4 consent agreement to settle attorney-discipline allegations that included forgery of letters and documents.

Sullivan said Cantu-Madril conceivably could face a sentence longer than five years in the criminal case because she was convicted of multiple counts that might result in consecutive sentences but he said that was unlikely. He also said he anticipates both defendants will appeal their convictions.

Attorneys for Cantu-Madril and Madril did not immediately respond to requests for comment Saturday.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico prosecuted the case.