A former Miss Rhode Island winner pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents so she could see her lover who was being held in a Miami immigration detention center – going as far as to claim she worked for a law firm that’s never employed her.

Ex-beauty queen Julianna Clare Strout, who is also an elected official in a South Florida city, took three trips to the Krome Service Processing Center last year to see a detainee she was romantically involved with, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.

Because the facility temporarily suspended social visits, but not legal visits, due to COVID-19, Strout, a North Bay Village Commissioner, told US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials she worked as a paralegal for a specific law firm in October 2021 and needed to see the detainee to have legal docs signed, federal prosecutors said.

The 36-year-old even presented officials with letterhead from the law firm she claimed to represent, the US Attorney’s Office said.

Julianna Clare Strout.
North Bay Village City Commissioner Julianna Clare Strout pleaded guilty to lying to federal officers, prosecutors said.
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Strout on one occasion also used her clout as a public servant when she showed officers at the detention center her North Bay Village commissioner badge to try to get in after she was initially denied entry, the feds said.

She pleaded guilty to attempting to enter, and entering, a federal facility using fraud and false pretenses, officials said Thursday and was immediately sentenced to one-year probation and 50 hours of community service.

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The former beauty queen was sentenced to probation and community service.
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In office since 2018, her term expires this November, the US Attorney’s Office said.  

In her bio on the city’s website and campaign website, Strout entered the Miss Rhode Island/Miss America contest in 2009 and won and then went on to represent the New England state in the Miss America Pageant.

“North Bay Village is aware of the plea agreement entered into by Commissioner Strout. The Village Charter does not require action by the Village Commission or Administration on this matter, as a felony conviction is not involved,” North Bay Village officials said in a statement, according to NBC 6.

“The Village has not been advised that the Governor will take action on this issue. Commissioner Strout’s term as a Commissioner concludes in November.”



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