Albania Deleon, 41, a fugitive who falsified asbestos certifications for thousands of illegal aliens, was sentenced Sept. 13 in U.S. District Court in Boston to more than seven years in prison. Judge Nathaniel Gorton also ordered her to pay $1.2-million in back taxes and $369,015 in restitution to AIM Mutual Insurance Co., Burlington, Mass. Deleon owned and operated New England’s largest certified asbestos school, Environmental Compliance Training, which issued at least 2,500 certifications to people who hadn't taken courses from 2001 to 2007.
Deleon fled the country in 2008, sawing off her ankle monitor and leaving behind her 3-year-old son, following a three-week trial that found her guilty on 28 felony counts, including falsifying payroll tax returns and mail fraud. Despite a fake name and disguise, Deleon was arrested in her native Dominican Republic on October 30, 2010, during a vehicle stop.