Woman faces deportation after applying for cable TV

Lorena Yanez-Mata with her daughter 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

A woman got into trouble with immigration officials after applying for a cable TV account, according to police reports.

The woman from North Carolina, who was arrested after applying for the cable TV account, now faces deportation to her native Mexico, after she tried to use a false Social Security number to apply for cable TV service.

On Wednesday, 26-year-old Lorena Yanez-Mata, was arrested by an off-duty Burlington police officer working as a security guard for Time Warner Cable. Yanez-Mata was arrested and charged with a felony of obtaining property by false pretenses.

That charge was dropped by prosecutors of Alamance County this week, but the arrest led Yanez-Mata to the attention of federal immigration authorities. She faces a deportation hearing in Charlotte, scheduled for Thursday.

Yanez-Mata has a 7-year-old daughter, and has lived in the United States without authorization since 2004. She had no criminal record before this arrest, besides her illegal entry into the United States.