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Statement Issued by Dawn Gibbons

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Statement by Dawn Gibbons, Oct. 24, 2006

Ms. Sandoval was introduced to me by a good friend.  At the time, I understood she was working for my friend and two attorneys in town, and I believed she was in the U.S. legally. I befriended Ms. Sandoval and she performed occasional odd jobs in my home 1987... although I never considered her an employee. 

Ms. Sandoval later approached me and asked me to help her apply for legal employment with the Department of Labor, which I was willing to do because I felt sorry for her and considered her a friend.  Documents were filed in 1988 and Ms. Sandoval 's application was approved by the Department of Labor.

We helped Ms. Sandoval with our generosity, food, clothing, English and history lessons to assist with legal application, as well as an occasional gift of money. Following the approval of her labor certification, she continued to perform occasional odd jobs in my home from time to time until approximately 1991, but I never employed her full time. I understand she was eventually employed at various northern Nevada businesses. 

After not seeing her for some time, in 1995 she approached me and asked for $3,000 because she was in some kind of trouble. She also asked me to falsify her citizenship application. I refused to pay her, and I refused to lie for her on the application.

She then sent me a letter threatening to humiliate me publicly, and a few days later ran an advertisement in the Reno Gazette-Journal falsely stating I had employed her for 11 years. I had only met her 7 years before. My husband and I were shocked to learn that the very person we tried so hard to help would try to extort us. For the protection of my family, I went to law enforcement and a filed a complaint against Ms. Sandoval for extortion.

In the months and years later, we eventually dropped the charges against Ms. Sandoval.  She sent us two unsolicited apology letters, saying she regretted the harm she caused our family and begged for our forgiveness.

My motivation was always to try to help Ms. Sandoval. I did what I could to give her assistance.  My heart poured out for her.  We provided her all we could, but when she asked me to give her an enormous amount of cash, and to falsify documents, I refused. I regret what happened thereafter, but when she gave me two heart-felt apologies later, I accepted them.

-- Statement by Dawn Gibbons, Oct. 24, 2006

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