DES MOINES, Iowa – A woman living in Des Moines was sentenced to 75 years in prison Wednesday for scamming multiple victims out of more than $220,000 when she took money to sell homes that she did not own.
Fifty-five-year-old Vera Anaya-Hermosillo was convicted on 13 counts of theft. The Polk County Attorney’s Office says she took money from recent immigrants who thought they were purchasing homes – but Anaya-Hermosillo did not have the right to sell those homes.
Many of the immigrants, most of whom do not speak English, were left without a home and their life savings after being duped by Anaya-Hermosillo.
Anaya-Hermosillo faces deportation after her sentence is complete.