Woman linked to Utah immigrant list pleads guilty

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Posted: Jun 06, 2011 1:05 PM
Woman linked to Utah immigrant list pleads guilty

A Utah women accused of inappropriately accessing the personal information of 1,300 purported illegal immigrants has pleaded guilty.

Leah Carson was ordered to serve probation for a year and pay a $440 fine. Co-defendant Teresa Bassett was set to appear in court in Salt Lake City later Monday.

Authorities say an investigation was launched in July 2010 after the list of names was anonymously sent to law enforcement and local media, demanding that those on it be deported.

The 32-year-old Carson had been charged with making a false statement by unemployment compensation agent, a misdemeanor. Fifty-nine-year-old Bassett faces two counts of computer crimes, both third-degree felonies.

Both defendants worked for the Utah Department of Workforce Services when they allegedly compiled the list from people who had applied for benefits.