Don't cry for me Santo Domingo.
Gabriela Rosa has resigned from the New York State Assembly "after pleading guilty to committing marriage fraud in order to become a U.S. citizen" as reported by Nick Gass for Politico: "Rosa, who was born in Santo Domingo, married a U.S. citizen around 1996 'for the purpose of obtaining lawful permanent residency status, and later citizenship status, in the United States,'" and "after winning election in 2012, Rosa told the Daily News that 'to become the first Dominican-born woman elected in the history of the Assembly of New York, it's big.'"
Rosa further was convicted for a false statement in a bankruptcy case and taking a campaign contribution from a foreign government, and under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors faces between 12 and 18 months of prison time.
Apparently Rosa is rather blithe about her wrongdoing as reported by the Daily News:
"What I did is wrong and anybody that does something like that is wrong," said the assemblywoman, elected to represent Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill. "All I’m saying is, I'm not the first one. I think certainly I'm not going to be the last one." She downplayed her crimes. "I didn't get rich out of my position," Rosa added. "I didn't take any bribes. I didn't do none of the things that usually you are very used to seeing in the other guys that get in this situation."
God bless her criminal heart.