THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Newly disclosed court documents show that the attorneys for federal fraud felon Jessica Bacallao are attempting to use her parents’ deafness as an excuse to avoid a jail term for her crime.
Bacallao is currently awaiting sentencing from a federal judge which is believed to occur in the middle of March for her part in defrauding the Federal Communication Commission’s video relay program.
A number of people have been convicted thus far for VRS (video relay service) fraud, others are in pretrial or awaiting sentencing. Two such convictions resulted in the payback of $20 million dollars each and jail terms of up to nearly a decade.
What is unique in the Bacallao sentencing case is that she is claiming she is needed by her deaf parents, primarily as their interpreter and a jail term – guidelines suggest 4 years plus – would put undue burden on them.
This is pure baloney. Deaf parents are perfectly able to function in society without relying on their adult children to be present every day for interpreting needs. Secondly, the Americans With Disabilities Act requires that business and service providers either provide their own interpreters or provide other means of communication for people who are deaf.
These documents are intended to help the judge decide on a sentencing and I hope he is able to see through this baloney that deaf people are unable to function without their adult kids providing interpretation needs.
Sorry Jessica, if you do the crime, you have to do the time. Mom and Dad will be just fine.
Excerpts from the court documents are below.
Here are a couple of my previous posts on video relay fraud: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/two-people-indicted-in-another-vrs-video-relay-service-for-deaf-people-federal-fraud-case/
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