A North Carolina mother is facing deportation back to her native Mexico after she tried to use a fake Social Security card to apply for cable television service.

The Burlington Times-News reported Wednesday that 26-year-old Lorena Yanez-Mata was arrested in July by an off-duty Burlington police officer working security for Time Warner Cable. Yanez-Mata was handcuffed and charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense.

That charge was dropped by Alamance County prosecutors this week, but the arrest brought Yanez-Mata to the attention of federal immigration officials. 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 proper authorization since 2004. She had no criminal record prior to the July arrest.

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