Carmen Figueroa

(This undated photo provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety shows Arizona’s state police agency detective Carmen Figueroa. Figueroa recently resigned from her post following the discovery that she was in the United States illegally after being brought from Mexico at a young age. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Public Safety))

Veteran Arizona state cop resigns after discovered to be undocumented immigrant

A detective for the Arizona state police resigned this week after it was revealed she isn’t a U.S. citizen and had — perhaps unknowingly — misrepresented where she was born on application documents, officials said Wednesday.

Former detective Carmen Figueroa — who worked 13 years for the Arizona Department of Public Safety and once served as the state police force’s spokeswoman — had stated in a required written affidavit when hired that she is a U.S. citizen. She later told investigators her family told her she was born in the Unites States.

Instead, it turned out that she was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and came to the U.S. as a young child and was living in the country as an undocumented immigrant, according to NBC station KVOA in Tucson, the first to make the revelation.

Read more at NBC News.com.

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