The Investigators

Dec 11, 2013 4:17 PM by Tom McNamara and Paul Birmingham

Investigation reveals illegal immigrant working as DPS officer

The News 4 Tucson Investigators have uncovered exclusive information about an illegal immigrant on the job, with a badge and gun, working as a law enforcement officer in southern Arizona.

The investigation in this case began when a man applied for a visa to stay here in the United States.

Federal authorities began their own background investigation on that man.

That's when they learned he has a sister who is an officer with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators discovered that officer, Carmen Figueroa, has actually been working for DPS for about 13 years, possibly by using a fake or forged birth certificate.

One of Figueroa's past duties was Public Information Officer or spokesperson for the department.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators wanted to find out: how could something like this happen?

Bart Graves, DPS spokesperson tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators "We believe the affidavit and information she gave us at the time. And, she was under the impression that she herself was an American citizen."

The News 4 Tucson Investigators have learned that Figueroa resigned on Monday due to the investigation.

DPS officials say it's unclear whether criminal charges will be filed in the case.

Of course, we will continue to follow this investigation, and bring you the latest details as we uncover them.

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