Sheriff: Spanish interpreter for Public Defender's office arrested for fraud

Sheriff: Spanish interpreter for Public Defender's office arrested for fraud

HOUMA, LA (WAFB) - A Spanish language interpreter has been arrested after being accused of taking money from undocumented immigrants and telling them she would bribe U.S. Immigration Officials to drop their charges.

Trina Marie Bourg, 45, of Houma, LA was employed by the Terrebonne Parish Office of the Public Defender.

Officials with the Sheriff's office say Bourg used her position to solicit payments from defendants that were illegally present in the United States. Reports say Bourg told the victims she would use the money she received from them to bribe United States Immigration Officials in an effort to remove the immigration detainers and/or federal immigration charges from the victims' criminal or administrative cases.

The investigation revealed that Bourg received money from the victims through wire transfers to her bank account. The total amount extorted is unknown due to the discovery of additional victims.

On July 22, 2014, Louisiana State Police Detectives arrested Bourg and was then handed over to Federal Agents and transported to the Nelson Coleman Corrections Center (Federal Tier) in St. Charles Parish where she was booked for her federal charges of wire fraud.

Upon release, she will be transported back to Terrebonne Parish where she will be booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail to face her state charges of theft, illegal transmission of monetary funds, malfeasance in office, abuse of office and extortion.

If you, or someone you know, has any information pertaining to this case, please contact the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations (Houma Division) at (985) 876-8842.

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