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posted: 4/2/2012 4:25 PM

Waukegan woman scamming undocumented immigrants gets probation

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One of two Waukegan woman who police say targeted undocumented immigrants in a fake business sale scam was placed on probation Monday when she pleaded guilty to theft.

Jami Mackay, 42, was also ordered to pay $2,550 in restitution and perform 100 hours of public service during her two years of probation.

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Assistant State's Attorney Matthew DeMartini said Mackay, of the 2500 block of Huron Terrace, and Maria Domingez-Rivera, 44, ran the scam between February and June of last year.

DeMartini said the women would approach undocumented immigrants and offer to sell them a cleaning business, complete with a list of contacts, that did not exist.

DeMartini said police believe the women made off with close to $30,000 with the scheme, but many charges against them could not be filed because the victims would not cooperate with police.

One woman who did, a 32-year-old from Beach Park, told police she agreed to buy the business from both women after negotiating a price of $2,550.

That woman was able to identify Mackay and Dominguez-Rivera through police photographs.

Mackay was arrested in August, and a warrant remains outstanding for Dominguez-Rivera's arrest.

DeMartini said Mackay could have faced up to five years in prison if convicted after a trial.

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