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Couple charged with falsely reporting assault in order to obtain visa, benefits

A couple has been charged by Danbury Police with lying to police in order to obtain visas.  Danbury Police charged 53-year old Adriana Lima-Curvina and 41-year old Andre Dos Santos last Tuesday with falsely reporting an incident, attempted larceny, and false statement.  She was also charged with interfering with the duties of an officer. 

An investigation was launched in January into the Naugatuck couple's report of being assaulted during an armed robbery at a shopping plaza in Danbury.  Detectives learned that Lima-Curvina and Dos Santos applied for U Nonimmigrant Status and benefits from the Office of Victim’s Advocate for injuries they sustained during the alleged incident. 

Police say the couple lied about the robbery in order to obtain U Visas and benefits. 

The U Visa is for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.  If the U visa is approved, the applicant receives a four-year work permit.  After the recipient has the U visa for three years, they can apply for lawful permanent residence.

Lima-Curvina and Dos Santos are being held on $50,000 court ordered bonds.

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