An Hispanic TV celebrity who forfeited $3 million bail when she fled the U.S. after being charged in a major drug case will go to state prison for three years and must reimburse Bergen County $6,000 for the cost of extraditing her from the Dominican Republic, CLIFFVIEWPILOT.COM is reporting.
Seized last August after six years on the run, 28-year-old Yamilis Centeno-Rivera — formerly of Hackensack — pleaded guilty to a single count of drug possession with the intent to distribute.
Under the terms of her plea deal, she will receive “three years flat” and must pay restitution to the county, Superior Court Judge Edward Jerejian said Friday in Hackensack. The INS has placed a detainer on her, meaning she’ll likely be deported after serving her sentence.
“Crime doesn’t pay,” Jerejian told Centeno-Rivera before sheriff’s officers returned her to the Bergen County Jail. “Go on with your life.”
CLIFFVIEW PILOT broke the exclusive story in August that Centeno-Rivera — who also has gone by the name Maricely Morfe Paulino – was arrested and returned to the U.S. after jumping bail and fleeing to her native country following her arrest on Jan. 23, 2006 in connection with a massive cocaine trafficking and money-laundering crew. READ MORE....